RT 66 Bridges

This section has bridges I have enjoyed on RT 66.  I included some descriptions of them as well as their locations.  You will have to pardon my photography.   Most of these are just snapshots taken so I can remember them. I spent very little time in composing the shots.  I have realized that I have not located photos of several bridges.  May have to make a road trip to shoot them.

I am listing GPS coordinates for each bridge.  I also created a link that will open Google Maps and take you to the coordinates.  Google Maps does some rounding on their engine.  If you want a more accurate location just put the GPS coordinates into Google Earth.

Highway 4 Pontiac IL

Pontiac

Pontiac

Pontiac

Pontiac

Pontiac

Pontiac

Pontiac

Pontiac

This simple concrete bridge concealed an original stencil of its markings as Illinois Hwy 4.  The stencil has been restored.  It is located in Pontiac IL.

GPS N40° 53.299 W88° 38.007

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Chain of Rocks - St Louis

Chain of Rocks - St Louis

Chain of Rocks - St Louis

Chain of Rocks - St Louis

Chain of Rocks - St Louis

Chain of Rocks - St Louis

Chain of Rocks - St Louis

Chain of Rocks bridge is unique in that it has an elbow right in the middle of the river.  It no longer carries automobile traffic but foot and bicycle traffic is permitted.   Nice to walk out to the middle of the river for the view and see the water intakes for the city.

GPS N38° 45.602 W90° 10.503

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Times Beach - St Louis

Times Beach

Times Beach

Times Beach

Times Beach

Times Beach

Times Beach

Not a really pretty bridge but historic anyway.  At the location crossing the Meramec River, the Times Beach development used to be prime river front property.   The development was paved with contaminated soil and became a toxic site that required removal of all the roads.  The park office has a museum and information about the history of the area.  Last time I heard they were no longer allowing cars on the bridge and wanted to remove it but I think it has been saved.

GPS  N38° 30.338 W90° 35.521

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Devil's Elbow - Waynesville MO

Devil's Elbow

Devil's Elbow

Devil's Elbow

Devil's Elbow

Devil's Elbow

Devil's Elbow

This is the bridge at Devil's Elbow east of Waynesville MO.  Has a nice curve to it.  There is also a rail bridge nearby.

GPS N37° 50.902 W92° 3.745

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Gasconade River Bridge - NE of Lebanon MO

gasconade bridge

gasconade bridge

1920's alignment over the Gasconade River.

GPS N37° 45.549 W92° 27.103

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Halltown, MO

W of Halltown MO

W of Halltown MO

W of Haltown MO

W of Haltown MO

This bridge is west of Halltown MO on the older alignment of 66 and crosses Johnson Creek.  It is now labeled Farm Road 2062.  There is an abandonded gas station and store to the west.

GPS N37° 11.0455 W93° 42.0872

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Rainbow Bridge - E of Riverton KS

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

Perhaps one of the more graceful of the 66 survivors.  This bridge is 2 miles straight east of Riverton on SE Beasley Rd. It is now one way but you can drive over it.  It has been bypassed by a newer road just parallel to it to the south.  Not much traffic even there because 69A now connects Riverton to Baxter Springs.

GPS N37° 4.4182 W94° 44.4832

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Catoosa - Verdegris River

Catoosa - entry to Molly's.   East bound side in background.

Catoosa - entry to Molly's. East bound side in background.

Catoosa - West bound side being replaced.

Catoosa - West bound side being replaced.

This one is in Catoosa.  This was a pair of bridges over the Verdegris River. The west bound side was removed and part of it moved up the hill where it will remain as an entry to Molly's Landing, a restaurant.

GPS  N36° 12.528 W95° 43.501

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Sapulpa OK

Sapulpa

Sapulpa

Sapulpa

Sapulpa

Sapulpa 1921

Sapulpa 1921

This bridge is on the old alignment of RT 66 where the old highway followed the railroad tracks.  The newer / state alignment veered to the south.  It dates to 1921 and is still in use though most traffic follows the newer road.

GPS N35° 59.627 W96° 8.203

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Bristow OK

Bristow OK

Bristow OK

Bristow OK

Bristow OK

Bristow OK 1914

Bristow OK 1914

This little bridge is from 1914 and predates 66 but is on an original 1926 alignment.  RT 66 was moved north somewhat during the paving and this alignment was never paved.  It is still dirt.  

GPS N35° 48.820 W96° 26.120

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Stroud Oklahoma

Stroud OK

Stroud OK

Stroud OK

Stroud OK

1928 made in Oklahoma City

1928 made in Oklahoma City

This nice little single span is near Stroud Oklahoma on what is now a private road that dead ends at a gate.  So far the owner is willing to allow visitors to stop by.  It is over Salt Creek on what is shown as Old Route 66, just north of the current State 66.  What I like about this one is that it was actually made nearby in Oklahoma City.

GPS  N35° 45.287 W96° 38.199

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Lake Overholser

Lake Overholser roadbed

Lake Overholser roadbed

Overholser

Overholser

Overholser

Overholser

This is the bridge at Lake Overholser in Oklahoma City.   It was shut down for 2 years while it was refurbished.  It reopened in Oct 2011 with a new roadway and repaired structure.  Should be with us for many years.  Thanks OKC!

GPS N35° 30.873 W97° 39.823

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Pony Bridge - S of Geary OK

Pony Bridge

Pony Bridge

Pony Bridge

Pony Bridge

Pony Bridge that was the cause of the toll bridge at Bridgeport going out of business.   The toll bridge was just to the west and all that remains of it is a couple of cast iron piers on the north end.  The rest of it was taken down and sold for scrap.  Next to where the toll bridge was is a long rail bridge that is now abandoned.  The line that used it is now just used to store old rail cars.

GPS N35° 32.584 W98° 19.112

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Eastern New Mexico

Eastern NM

Eastern NM

Eastern NM

Eastern NM

This is in eastern New Mexico between Glen Rio and Endee on the old alignment.  Bridge is still in use on a section that has some amazing relics.

GPS  N35° 9.7703 W103° 4.5336

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San Jose NM

San Jose

San Jose

San Jose

San Jose

San Jose is located off New Mexico I-25 between exits 319 and 323.   It is in a very small town that Route 66 went through in the 20's.  The bridge is now blocked and the far side has no road at all past the end of the bridge.

GPS N35° 23.822  W105° 28.285

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Rio Puerco - W of Alburquerque

Rio Puerco

Rio Puerco

Rio Puerco

Rio Puerco

Rio Puerco

Rio Puerco

No longer used but maintained by the state.  

GPS N35° 2.027 W106° 56.487

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Rio San Jose - Correo NM

Rio San Jose

Rio San Jose

Rio San Jose

Rio San Jose

Located on a 1930's alignment of 66.  Near exit 126 on I-40 near Correo NM.   You have to go south from I-40 and then take a section of abandoned 66 that goes back to the NE and dead ends back near I-40.  This is well worth the back tracking required.  You will see this steel bridge, a concrete bridge and the ruins of a trading post.

GPS  N34° 57.864 W107° 9.784

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Casa Blanca Bridge - NM

Casa Blanca Bridge

Casa Blanca Bridge

Near the village of Casa Blanca.  This 1920's alignment is now designated 124 and the bridge is near to where IR47 meets it.  Not in use but off to the side of the road.  Bridge is located to the west of Laguna.

GPS  N35° 2.996 W107° 26.665

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E of Thoreau NM

Thoreau

Thoreau

Thoreau

Thoreau

Thoreau

Thoreau

Sitting about 5.5 mi east of Thoreau NM.  It is on what was a 1920's alignment.  When the road was paved in the 30's it was moved to the south of the railroad tracks leaving the old road bed and bridge abandoned.  The timbers are rotted.  You have to spot this by looking under the rail bridge and then walk to it up the stream bed.   I happened to be there when a train passed by so I got a good shot of that as well.

GPS  N35° 23.148 W108° 7.894

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Houck AZ

Houck AZ

Houck AZ

Houck AZ

Houck AZ

Just south of I-40 exit 351 in Arizona, this span is now abandoned.  One end is supported by timbers.   It is blocked on the ends. 

GPS  N35° 16.835 W109° 9.285

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Querino Canyon Bridge - W of Houck AZ

Querino Canyon Bridge

Querino Canyon Bridge

Almost straight north from I-40 exit 343 spanning Querino Canyon.  Bridge is still in use on this 1930's alignment.

GPS N35° 16.271 W109° 16.615

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Sanders AZ

Sanders

Sanders

Sanders

Sanders

Not sure of the date on this bridge.  It is on a 1920's alignment.  By the 30's Route 66 had been moved to north of where I-40 now sits so this bridge would have been for local use from that time.   It is located just south of I-40 exit 339 on what is labeled Claymine Rd.

GPS N35° 12.771  W109° 19.806

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Painted Desert AZ

Painted Desert

Painted Desert

Painted Desert

Painted Desert

Painted Desert

Painted Desert

I feel very fortunate to have been able to get this picture a couple years ago.  On my trip in June 2011 a gate was blocking access and had a chain with a lock on it.  The bridge is just east of the Petrified Forest National Park.  66 ran well to the north of I-40 and actually crossed the park land.   It has been removed inside the park but this road goes all the way to the east fence of the park.  It was reached by exiting I-40 in Arizona at 320 then taking a dirt road north to what is labeled Pinta Rd.   This is a 1920's alignment that was paved with asphalt.  You come to the ruins of a trading post and just beyond is this bridge.  Old cars have been placed in the wash to stop the banks from eroding.  The land is within the Navajo Indian Reservation so it would be wise to get permission before attempting this one.

GPS N35° 5.9967  W109° 41.7872

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Two Guns AZ

Two Guns AZ

Two Guns AZ

Two Guns AZ

Two Guns AZ

Interesting place with a cool history.  I-40 exit 230 and just south of the Interstate.  A self built tourist site that never got going.   Lots of old stone buildings.  This bridge sits on the 1920's alignment of 66 and was never paved.  Bridge is still used for local traffic needing to cross the canyon.  Some of the "road" in this area is quite rough and a high clearance is a good idea.  I have heard that there is a new owner of the site that is reopening access to some of it.   Need to check it out on the next trip.

GPS N35° 6.950  W111° 5.723

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Padre Canyon - E of Flagstaff

Padre Canyon

Padre Canyon

Padre Canyon

Padre Canyon

Padre Canyon

Padre Canyon

This was one of the highlights of my June 2011 trip.  This bridge is not visible from the highway and requires some really rough driving to get to it.   Built in 1914 it served Route 66 until 1937 when the road was moved to what is now east bound I-40.   You can still see the concrete bridge supports of the 37 bridge under the current I-40 bridge.  It is located just north of  I-40 exit 219.  It is in pretty sad shape and the road is no longer maintained.  Someone has taken railroad rails and welded them to parts of the bridge to replace missing concrete sides.  It is still in use by local farmers.  The approach from the east is on private property and you have to go through a closed gate.  From the west you have to back track over about 6 miles of dirt road and then 1 mile where 4 wheel drive is advisable.

GPS N35° 9.747  W111° 17.242

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Colorado River

Colorado River

Colorado River

Colorado River

Colorado River

This was the original road bridge over the Colorado River.   A rail bridge was placed nearby.  This bridge was too narrow for the traffic it was carrying.  The road was moved to the rail bridge and a new bridge constructed to carry trains.   Sadly the trestle rail bridge was removed when the current road bridge was built.  This bridge is now used to carry pipes and power cables.

GPS N34.715201, W114.484814

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