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Near Page in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Glen Canyon Bridge / Cableways

Reclamation: Managing Water in the West

 
 
Glen Canyon Bridge / Cableways Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 13, 2016
1. Glen Canyon Bridge / Cableways Marker
Inscription.  
Glen Canyon Bridge
Majestic Glen Canyon Bridge, 865 feet (264 meters) downriver from the dam, was the highest steel-arch bridge in the United States when completed. The roadway is 700 feet (213 meters) above the surface of the Colorado River.

Construction began in early 1957 and was completed in 1959. The bridge provided a way for workers, equipment, and supplies to cross the canyon during construction of the dam and powerplant. It now serves as a link for U.S. Highway 89, connecting Arizona and Utah.


Cableways
During construction of the dam and powerplant, cableways were the easiest way to move heavy equipment, concrete and generator parts to the bottom of the canyon. Huge woven cables carried the weight. Despite the size and seeming durability, the cables had to be replaced every eight months.
 
Erected by Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. A significant historical year for this entry is 1957.
 
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56.241′ N, 111° 29.09′ W. Marker is near Page, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 89. Marker is located on top of Glen Canyon Dam, near the center, on the south side, under an awning, overlooking the Glen Canyon Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Page AZ 86040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colorado River Storage Project / Glen Canyon Dam (within shouting distance of this marker); Intake Structures (within shouting distance of this marker); Glen Canyon Dam (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hydroelectric Power - A Green and Renewable Energy Source (about 400 feet away); Rock Bolts / High Scaling (about 500 feet away); Wicket Gates (about 500 feet away); Concrete Bucket / Concrete Core Sample (about 600 feet away); Major John Wesley Powell (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Page.
 
Glen Canyon Bridge / Cableways Marker (<b><i>wide view, bridge in background</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 13, 2016
2. Glen Canyon Bridge / Cableways Marker (wide view, bridge in background)
Marker detail: Bridge Construction, August 1958 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 13, 2016
3. Marker detail: Bridge Construction, August 1958
Marker detail: Cableway Towers on the Canyon Rim, February 1963 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 13, 2016
4. Marker detail: Cableway Towers on the Canyon Rim, February 1963
Marker detail: Aerial View of Bridge, February 1959 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 13, 2016
5. Marker detail: Aerial View of Bridge, February 1959
Marker detail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 13, 2016
6. Marker detail
Glen Canyon Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 13, 2016
7. Glen Canyon Bridge
Glen Canyon Bridge Cable Segment image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 13, 2016
8. Glen Canyon Bridge Cable Segment
Glen Canyon Bridge (<b><i>west canyon view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 13, 2016
9. Glen Canyon Bridge (west canyon view)
Glen Canyon Bridge (<b><i>east canyon view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, June 13, 2016
10. Glen Canyon Bridge (east canyon view)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 438 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 11, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7, 8, 9. submitted on March 18, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   10. submitted on March 22, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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