Crossing the Canyon
Four bridges once stood southwest of the original town site of Sapinero. Cars and trucks used the high bridge to travel between Gunnison and Montrose. Anglers used the low bridge to access the river.
The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad needed two bridges to cross the Gunnison River and the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. The rails then ran south to the mines near Lake City. The site of this complex crossing, known as "Lake Junction," is now deep under the waters of Blue Mesa Reservoir.
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• Truss bridge for the railroad to cross the Gunnison River and access Lake City.
• The high bridge was part of the scenic "Rainbow Route" from Pueblo to Salt Lake City.
• Truss bridge for the railroad to cross the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 27.468′ N,
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wayne N. Aspinall (a few steps from this marker); If You Only Knew (approx. 2.2 miles away); Forming a Pinnacle (approx. 2.2 miles away); Trains and Trout (approx. 5.6 miles away); a different marker also named Trains and Trout (approx. 10.6 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.