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Property Name Bridge A 249-Cloudcroft. New Mexico
Reference Number 15000948
State New Mexico
County Otero
Town Cloudcroft
Street Address 65 East Little Mexican Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/29/2015
Areas of Significance Engineering, Industry
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000948.pdf
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Bridge A 249 is a single-tier, wood-frame trestle located west of U.S. Highway 82 northeast of the village of Cloudcroft in the Sacramento Mountains in Otero County, New Mexico. Bridge A 249 is significant at the local level under National Register Criterion A in the area of industry because it represents the efforts of the Alamogordo & Sacramento Mountains Railroad to establish rail lines in the Sacramento Mountains for the harvest of timber. The A&SM operated from 1899 to 1947 and constructed roughly 26 miles of rail lines from Alamogordo to the spruce and fir forests throughout the Sacramento Mountains. Bridge A 249 is among the seven surviving trestles of the 51 constructed by the railroad. Bridge A 249 is significant at the local level under National Register Criterion C in the area of engineering because it is a representative design by Chief Engineer H. A. Sumner of small trestles required to continue the rail line over small drainages in the upper elevations of the A&SM Railroad.

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