Before Colorado was even a territory, the Gold Rush had started, some of the first towns in our state were coming together, and the early settlers were already taking note of the locations that would require a bridge to unlock the land we would come to know as the Centennial State

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There are eleven bridges on the National Registry of Historic Places in Colorado. Some played an important role in the development of our state, some showed off new methods of architecture or engineering, and some are just so old we want to protect them for as long as we can. Keep scrolling to find out where Colorado's most historic bridges are today.

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Colorado's Eleven Historic Bridges

In the photo gallery below, we'll look at each of the bridges on the National Registry of Historic Places in Colorado, and find how long ago each was constructed. Many bridges helped Colorado's earliest residents cross some of the waterways we still rely on today, such as the Arkansas, St Charles, and Gunnison Rivers.

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Colorado's Morley Bridge

Designed and constructed by the Denver, South Park, and Pacific Railroad, The Morley Bridge near the Pomroy Gultch (Chaffee County) on the way to St. Elmo is the oldest bridge on the National Registry of Historic Places in Colorado. Completed in 1881, the bridge is 83 feet long and 13 feet wide and was built on wrought-iron pin-connected Pratt trusses. After the railroads left the area the bridge was refitted to allow for vehicle crossings before becoming a pedestrian-only bridge. It functioned for more than 120 years.

Keep going so see all eleven bridges on the National Registry of Historic Places in Colorado below.

11 Bridges on the National Register of Historic Places in Colorado

Join us for a virtual road trip around the state to look at 11 bridges in the Centennial State named to the National Register of Historic Places in Colorado. How many of these historic bridges have you crossed over?

Gallery Credit: Wesley Adams

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Colorado's Royal Gorge Bridge is the tallest suspension bridge in the United States. It sits 955 feet over the Arkansas River and is so tall that all ten iconic structures in the photo gallery below look tiny compared to Colorado's highest bridge.

Gallery Credit: Wesley Adams

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Gallery Credit: Wesley Adams