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Monday, March 10, 2014

Apache Trail

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A good shot of the Roosevelt Lake Bridge taken by Carla. The $21.3 million bridge was built to take traffic off the top of Roosevelt Dam. Roosevelt Lake Bridge is the longest two-lane, single-span, steel-arch bridge in North America. The bridge, spans 1,080 feet across Roosevelt Lake providing two-way traffic. The original dam-top roadway was designed to allow two Model-T Fords to pass abreast, but today's recreational vehicles and full-size automobiles were too wide to permit two-way traffic. Hence, before rebuilding of the dam began, traffic needed to be re-routed.

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The original dam was of masonry construction, which you can see a portion of in this image. Seventy-seven feet was added to the dam’s height.

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The Theodore Roosevelt Dam.

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As originally constructed with working beginning in 1903, and dedication in 1911. The transformer house on the right, is still standing.

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View looking downstream.

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The road between the dam and westward is dirt and sand, and occasionally one lane. Trucks over 40 feet are not recommended.

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Farther downstream is another dam, Horse Mesa Dam, which forms Apache Lake.

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This is what you see as you approach the end of the road in Fish Creek Canyon. You climb out along a relatively narrow and steep stone and pothole filled road up that side wall on the right. Here is a Youtube video of driving it.

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At the top is a rest area with super views.

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Heading back towards Lake Roosevelt.

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THOU SHALL NOT PASS!

2 comments:

  1. We definitely have to check out that area. Looks great!
    Chuck, I think you would enjoy reading Cadillac Desert http://www.amazon.com/Cadillac-Desert-American-Disappearing-Revised/dp/0140178244 if you haven't already. We can "loan" it to you if you'd like;)

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  2. I took that dirt road last year and climbed up to a cave in Fish Creek Canyon. Very cool!

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