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    The Dewey Bridge on highway 128 burned down last night

    i was driving home (i live in grand junction) from moab last night after a day of hiking and i couldn't believe my eyes when i saw the dewey bridge burning down

    http://www.gjsentinel.com/blogs/cont...ey_bridge.html

    i got some pictures, it was just unreal














    this was a pretty historical bridge for those of you who aren't familiar, and i believe it was currently being used by the kokopeli trail

    http://protophoto.com/subject.html?subject_id=457

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    Here is the story from KSL. Crazy
    http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=3025799

    A historic bridge on state Route 128 near the Colorado River has burned down.

    Grand County police say[SIZE="4"][SIZE="2"][SIZE="3"] a boy playing with matches [/SIZE][/SIZE][/SIZE]on Sunday caused the fire. They say he started a brush fire at a campground that moved up the riverbank and destroyed Dewey Bridge.

    The suspension bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1916 and was the state's longest bridge without supports in the waterway it crossed.

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    Apocalypse Now, anyone?

    That sucks.
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    Wow. Amazing pics. It looks like the steel guy-wires are buring.
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    Holy crap this sucks
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    i put those first two together in photoshop


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    Wow. That actually makes me very sad. That bridge held some pretty powerful symbolism for me.
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    !! No way!! That is horrible.

    If you watch the film Vanishing Point, the bridge was in there for a scene.. So sad.

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    Anyone have shots after the fact? Anything left?
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    man I'm so glad I rode across it a 2 weeks ago.

    Major bummer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skez
    i put those first two together in photoshop
    Oh no!!! That really is too bad. The Dewey Bridge has been such an important beacon and goal on many a ride.



    Nice photos by the way skez.

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    This is very sad. I'm from SE Utah. I took a photo of my wife on that bridge two years ago. I'm glad I have a record of being there.

    I first drove across Dewey Bridge in 1980, when it was still the only way to cross the river. What a great loss to the local history.

    skez, your photos are very dramatic. Thank you for your contribution. You may be the only one to have recorded it for others to see.

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    I almost always use 128 when I go to Moab, Seeing the Dewey bridge has always been a sign that I'm almost to there and going to have some fun. I've actually only ridden the bridge once. That was last year when I rode from Fruita to Moab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alizbee
    Anyone have shots after the fact? Anything left?
    Link in OP has a slide show with after photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak
    Link in OP has a slide show with after photos
    Jeez. It really is obliterated.
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    I hate to make light of the tragedy, but you could have sold those pix to the news for good money. Those are great photojournalism photos.

    It's a bummer.

    Gonna be really hard crossing the river now when doing the kokopelli trail..

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    Nice catch Skez .

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    Wtf?

    I drove by there about 2:00. What time did this happen?

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    It's amazing how kids and matches change history....
    Last edited by lidarman; 04-07-2008 at 10:25 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    It's amazing how kids and matches change history....
    He's going to get grounded. For sure..
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    Grounded

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    He's going to get grounded. For sure..
    Well, maybe. If the parents were irresponsible enough to leave matches where a seven-year-old could get to them, then leave the child unsupervised next to a swollen river, there might be some parenting issues. The GJ Sentinel article says 'charges pending'.

    Against the parents, I hope.

    This is so surreal. I drove past about 2:00PM. I wish I had needed to stop and take a leak at the pullout there.

    It is pretty early in the year for brush fires...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLX
    He's going to get grounded. For sure..
    if the angry mobs dont get to him first

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    That is a total bummer. I drove over that bridge the first few times I went to Moab in the early 80's. I even have pictures of my '78 Jeep Cherokee with the bikes on top going over it. This was just before they built the new one. Bummer !

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    This is sad, very sad.

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    more photos here

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