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La Verkin in Washington County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Hurricane/LaVerkin Bridge

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
1. Hurricane/LaVerkin Bridge Marker
Inscription.  In 1908 the Midland Bridge Company was awarded a contract in the amount of $3,299 to fabricate and erect the Hurricane/LaVerkin Bridge. This structure incorporates distinctive characteristics in its method of construction, is one of the earliest and longest surviving examples of rigid Warren pony truss-type bridge in the state of Utah, and retains its historical design, material, and workmanship.
The Hurricane/LaVerkin Bridge's historical role was that of a vital transportation link that contributed to the development of southwestern Utah. Prior to the building of the bridge, traveling from LaVerkin to Hurricane required crossing the stream bed of the LaVerkin Creek and the "treacherous" Virgin River. On April 7, 1908, the Washington County News described the importance of this bridge when it stated that the "steel bridge between LaVerkin and Hurricane is now being put up. When it is finished watch Hurricane grow. Come and walk on our steel bridge (the first in the County), bathe in our Sulphur Springs, view our beautiful scenery, walk through our orchards and vineyards".
 
Erected 1995 by
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By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
2. Hurricane/LaVerkin Bridge Marker
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1879.
 
Location. 37° 11.378′ N, 113° 16.364′ W. Marker is in La Verkin, Utah, in Washington County. Marker is on Enchanted Way, 0.3 miles east of Utah Route 9, on the left when traveling east. Enchanted Way is on the south side of the Virgin River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Verkin UT 84745, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hurricane Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Historic Hurricane Canal (approx. half a mile away); The Historic Dixie-Long Valley, Utah Pioneer Trail (approx. half a mile away); La Verkin (approx. 0.7 miles away); Convict Camp and Wagon Road (approx. 0.9 miles away); Pioneer Bowery (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named The Historic Hurricane Canal (approx. 0.9 miles away); Birth of Hurricane (approx. 0.9 miles away).
 
Hurricane/LaVerkin Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
3. Hurricane/LaVerkin Bridge
Hurricane/LaVerkin Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 28, 2012
4. Hurricane/LaVerkin Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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