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Property Name Brown's Canyon Bridge
Reference Number 13000554
State Colorado
County Chaffee
Town Salida
Street Address County Road 191 crossing the Arkansas River, 6.4 miles NW of Salida
Multiple Property Submission Name Highway Bridges in Colorado
Status Listed 7/30/2013
Areas of Significance Engineering
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The Browns Canyon Bridge is eligible at the local level under Criterion C in the area of engineering for the year of its construction, 1908. It is an intact early example of a reinforced concrete slab and girder bridge. With a design provided by the State Engineers Office, bridge completion preceded the formal development of the highway commission in Colorado in 1909. Browns Canyon Bridge meets the registration requirements of the concrete slab and girder bridges property type as discussed in the Highway Bridges in Colorado Multiple Property Documentation Form.


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