Old Trails Bridge

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Old Trails Bridge
Trails Arch Bridge.jpg
Photo in 2002
Old Trails Bridge is located in Arizona
Old Trails Bridge
Old Trails Bridge
Old Trails Bridge is located in California
Old Trails Bridge
Old Trails Bridge
Old Trails Bridge is located in the United States
Old Trails Bridge
Old Trails Bridge
LocationAbandoned US 66 over the Colorado River, Topock, Arizona
Coordinates34°42′57″N 114°29′5″W / 34.71583°N 114.48472°W / 34.71583; -114.48472Coordinates: 34°42′57″N 114°29′5″W / 34.71583°N 114.48472°W / 34.71583; -114.48472
Area0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Built bySourwine, S.A.; Et al.
Architectural styleBrace-ribbed through arch
MPSVehicular Bridges in Arizona MPS
NRHP reference No.88001676[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 30, 1988

The Old Trails Bridge over the Colorado River, brought a now-abandoned portion of U.S. Route 66 across from Needles, California to Topock, Arizona. It is a brace-ribbed through arch bridge that was built in 1915–1916.[2] It served as a highway bridge until 1947 when the Red Rock Bridge, formerly a railroad bridge, was modified for highway use. The Old Trails Bridge was later converted to a pipeline bridge.

Old Trails Bridge in the 1920s from Arizona

It has also been known as Topock Bridge and as Needles Bridge. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Clayton B. Fraser (April 1, 1987). "HABS/HAER Inventory: Old Trails Bridge / Topock Bridge / Needles Bridge". National Park Service. and accompanying photos

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