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Golden in Jefferson County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Bridge Load Ordinance Background

 
 
Bridge Load Ordinance Background Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, July 4, 2011
1. Bridge Load Ordinance Background Marker
Inscription.  Colorado Transcript, September 13, 1882: “Washington Avenue Bridge was badly damaged last Saturday evening by some ignoramus driving and crowding a big drove of cattle on to it. The damage has since been repaired.”

Golden Globe, September 23, 1882: “A Grand Breakdown. Mutton Goes Down, While Taxes Go Up — The Avenue Bridge Falls with 200 sheep on board. A flock of sheep, numbering between two or three hundred head, and which was being driven thro’ Golden en route to Central, met with rather a novel accident Sunday morning. While near the Washington Avenue bridge considerable difficulty was experienced in getting the sheep to cross; finally they made a dash for the opposite side, but had no more than fairly got on the structure when it gave way, precipitating the whole flock into the creek, killing two instantly and maiming several others. An immense crowd soon gathered at the scene of the accident, and several volunteered their services in rescuing the animals buried in the wreck, and helping to clear away the debris. The bridge was found to be almost a total wreck, and it will be several days before

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it is replaced and opened for travel again. In the meantime a foot-bridge has been constructed just west of the old structure for the accommodation of pedestrians. Golden has experienced very bad luck with bridges of late, and this last break-down will entail considerable expense to the city. There has been gross carelessness and mulish stupidity displayed by some of the municipal authorities in the construction of bridges and we think it high time that these parties be spotted and made to take a back seat in the management of city affairs hereafter.”

These events led to Ordinance #28, enacted February 5, 1883, on bridge loading which is posted on the approaches to the bridge. This ordinance never has been repealed.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the Believe It or Not series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 5, 1550.
 
Location. 39° 45.406′ N, 105° 13.342′ W. Marker is in Golden, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Washington Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Golden CO 80401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Native Americans on Clear Creek (a few steps from this marker); The White Ash Mine Disaster (a few steps from this marker); Winter Wind on the Mesa (a few steps from

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this marker); 922 Washington Avenue (a few steps from this marker); Transportation (a few steps from this marker); Irrigation and Farming (a few steps from this marker); Golden City (a few steps from this marker); Clear Creek (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Golden.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 799 times since then and 10 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 27, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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