Here are the bridge towers we saw from the small chapel in my last post. Apparently, this was a trend setting Suspension bridge and was designed by the same guy who later designed the Golden Gate bridge. It was named after Henry McPhaul, who was a former Yuma Territorial Prison Guard and gold miner. The bridge replaced the local ferry that crossed the Gila River. It was open for about 40 years.
It was completed in 1929 and wide enough for two lanes of traffic. (photo from YumaSun.com)
The Gila River flowing under the 800 foot long bridge (photo from YumaSun.com)
The bridge today. It's been sitting like this since 1968. Several signs and barricades warn and block people from venturing out on the unsafe structure.
First sign ignored.
Second sign and first barricade ignored.
The all important legal warning. What to do?
Let's see here... A locked gate covered with barbed wire and another fence topped with barbed wire. Sounds like they really don't want people on this thing.
Only had to climb around the gate and somebody had already cut the fence. I swear it wasn't me!
Okay now! A clear path.
This thing sure has a lot of holes in it and it actually moves when I take a step. Maybe I better stop...
About half way across and there is much less water than in the "before" photo at the beginning.
That is a long way down! I hope my shadow doesn't fall through the hole.
The structure looks a bit like the Golden Gate bridge.
Made it to the other end! Hey wait, there is no road at this end either!
A better view of how messed up this thing is. You can see the ground through all of these cracks. Tricky footing. Add to that they give when you take a step.
It really doesn't seem to come from anywhere and it certainly doesn't lead to anywhere.
There must be at least one B&W.
That may have been a road at one time, but it totally ends after about a hundred yards in the parking lot of a taco stand and little market. Great tacos by the way.
After I crossed back I wanted to get a better view and did some climbing...
Up these rocks... My wife didn't follow me all the way across the bridge and wasn't very thrilled that I climbed these rocks. She thinks I'm too old and clumsy, but I still have some mountain goat left in me. Kids, don't try either of these stunts at home! I'm old and not of sound mind, so I have an excuse.