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Near Durango in La Plata County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Florida River Railroad Bridge No. 437

 
 
Florida River Railroad Bridge No. 437 Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, July 6, 2021
1. Florida River Railroad Bridge No. 437 Marker
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The Florida River Railroad Bridge No. 437 (distance in miles from Denver, Colorado), provided an important river crossing in the Denver and Rio Grande's (D&RG) route to Denver. The Union Bridge Company fabricated the Pratt through-truss bridge in 1887, which replaced the original wooden structure in 1912. The trains have long stopped running, but the bridge continues to service the community as an automobile and pedestrian route across the Florida River.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
 
Location. 37° 12.854′ N, 107° 44.811′ W. Marker is near Durango, Colorado, in La Plata County. Marker is on Ranchos Florida Drive, 0.2 miles east of County Highway 222, on the right when traveling east. The marker is located on the southeast side of the bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 338 Ranchos Florida Drive, Durango CO 81303, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. H.C. Schroder House (approx. 8 miles away); Hotel Central & Akers Motor Co. Garage
The Florida River Railroad Bridge No. 437 Marker on the bridge image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, July 6, 2021
2. The Florida River Railroad Bridge No. 437 Marker on the bridge
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(approx. 8.1 miles away); Schroder Store / Coulson Bros. (approx. 8.1 miles away); Bayfield Drug Store (approx. 8.1 miles away); Farmers & Merchant[s] Bank (approx. 8.1 miles away); Glenn Bros General Store (approx. 8.1 miles away); Newland House and Presbyterian Manse (approx. 8.1 miles away); Bayfield Churches (approx. 8.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Pratt Truss bridge. Since its introduction in 1844, this bridge design became part of hundreds of bridges created up to Second World War. It was designed by the Thomas Willis Pratt (1812 – 1875) and his father Caleb Pratt, a pair of American engineers, just several years after William Howe patented his famous Howe truss design. This bridge design immediately became widely used during the period when many bridges moved from wood components toward all-steel construction designs. Its most compelling feature was the ability was to span great distances using simple construction methods. It was regularly used to span anchor points that are up to 250 feet (76 meters) apart. It was most commonly used in railroad bridge construction, although it was also a preferred choice for creating other types of bridges all around the
The view of the Florida River Railroad Bridge No. 437 and Marker from the road image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, July 6, 2021
3. The view of the Florida River Railroad Bridge No. 437 and Marker from the road
world until early 20th century. Source: History of Bridges (Submitted on July 17, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 17, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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