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Near Taos in Taos County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

 
 
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 4, 2003
1. Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Marker
Inscription.
(Lower plaque)
In recognition of
George Lavender
New Mexico State Highway Commissioner
1955-1961
for his dedicated efforts towards
completion of this project for the
benefit of Northern New Mexico

(Upper Plaque)
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
SP-S-1539 (200)
(Great Seal of the State of New Mexico
* 1912 *)
Started July 1963
Jack M. Campbell, Governor
State Highway Commission
John F. Sudderth, Chairman
L.E. Murray, Vice-Chairman
John Q. Thaxton, Secretary
Wayne Collins, Member
Frank Tatsch, Member


Completed September 1965
Jack M. Campbell, Governor
State Highway Commission
John F. Sudderth, Chairman
John Q. Thaxton, Vice-Chairman
Hugh M. Milton II, Secretary
Thomas G. Trotter, Member
Wayne Collins, Member

T.B. White, Chief Highway Engineer
J.H. Ryan & Son Inc., Contractor

 
Erected 1965.
 
Location. 36° 28.515′ N, 105° 44.132′ W. Marker is near Taos, New Mexico, in Taos County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 64, on
Most Beautiful Steel Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Wyndfire, August 22, 2012
2. Most Beautiful Steel Bridge
the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located at the west side Rest Stop. Marker is in this post office area: Tres Piedras NM 87577, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jack M. Campbell Highway (approx. 0.3 miles away); Taos (approx. 9.3 miles away); Ledoux Street (approx. 10.1 miles away); Don Fernando de Taos Plaza (approx. 10.1 miles away); Padre Antonio José Martínez (approx. 10.1 miles away); Historic Taos Plaza (approx. 10.1 miles away); Don Fernando de Taos (approx. 10.1 miles away); Historic Taos (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Taos.
 
Regarding Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. U.S. National Register of Historic Places :#97000733

In 1966 the American Institute of Steel Construction awarded the bridge "Most Beautiful Steel Bridge" in the "Long Span" category. The bridge has appeared in several films, including Natural Born Killers, Twins, She's Having a Baby, Wild Hogs and Terminator Salvation.
 
Also see . . .  The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. locally known as the "Gorge Bridge," is a cantilever truss bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos, New Mexico. (Submitted on April 10, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 4, 2003
3. Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Marker
 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsLandmarks
 
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 4, 2003
4. Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
The span is 1,280 feet (390 m): two 300-foot (91 m)-long approach spans with a 600-foot (180 m)-long main center span. The bridge was dedicated on September 10, 1965 and is a part of U.S. Route 64, a major east-west road.
Rio Grande Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 4, 2003
5. Rio Grande Gorge
Rio Grande Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 4, 2003
6. Rio Grande Gorge
Rio Grande Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 4, 2003
7. Rio Grande Gorge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,426 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 10, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on August 30, 2012, by Wyndfire of Phoenix, Arizona.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 10, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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