Otowi Suspension Bridge

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Otowi Suspension Bridge
Characteristics
Design Suspension bridge
Material Wood
History
Opened 1924
Otowi Suspension Bridge
Otowi Suspension Bridge, Otowi NM.jpg
Otowi Suspension Bridge
Otowi Suspension Bridge is located in New Mexico
Otowi Suspension Bridge
Otowi Suspension Bridge is located in the US
Otowi Suspension Bridge
Nearest city San Ildefonso, New Mexico
Coordinates 35°52′29″N 106°8′29″W / 35.87472°N 106.14139°W / 35.87472; -106.14139Coordinates: 35°52′29″N 106°8′29″W / 35.87472°N 106.14139°W / 35.87472; -106.14139
Area less than one acre
Built 1924 (1924)
Architect Lee W. Campbell
Architectural style Suspension bridge
Part of Otowi Historic District (#75001170)
MPS Historic Highway Bridges of New Mexico MPS
NRHP reference # 97000730[1]
NMSRCP # 1670
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 15, 1997
Designated CP December 4, 1975
Designated NMSRCP May 9, 1997

The Otowi Suspension Bridge, spanning the Rio Grande River near San Ildefonso, New Mexico, is a wooden suspension bridge built in 1924. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.[1] The bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic since the late 1940s, when a two-lane steel bridge was constructed just north of it.

In its 1996 NRHP nomination, it is asserted to be significant in the areas of transportation and engineering. It was important for having opened a large part of New Mexico to automobile traffic, including the site of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which became nationally important during World War II. It was also the only public highway suspension bridge in the state and was the best-rated bridge in the state in a 1987 survey.[2][3]

It was a contributing property in the listing of the Otowi Historic District to the National Register in 1975.[4]:

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ David Rammer (1996). "Otowi Suspension Bridge" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-05-27.  with three photos
  3. ^ David Kammer (1996). "Historic Highway Bridges of New Mexico" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  4. ^ Michael P . McCachren (July 2, 1975). "Otowi HIstoric District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-05-27.  with six photos (including several of the suspension bridge)