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White River, Gila County

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Inventory Number: AZ/03-04-01x
County: Gila County
Township: Southwest of White River
Bridge Name: White River
Crosses: White River
Truss type: Multiple King
Spans: 1
Length: c90'
Roadway Width:
Built: 1890s
When Lost: 1916
Cause: Flood
Latitude: N33 44.16
Longitude: W110 09.78
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Directions: On Hwy 60 between San Carlos and Fort Apache.

White River Bridge, Southwest of White River, Gila County, AZ Built 1890s Flood 1916
Richard Donovan Collection
Based on a review of images and information, there may have been two covered bridges across the White River in Arizona. From a location standpoint, one was in a narrow ravine-like setting (this bridge). The other was in a much wider valley setting. One rendition was apparently built by Joseph Sponseller, per information on a photograph. One was built by a department of the Army in 1890, then lost in a flood in 1916, but rebuilt as a covered bridge by a local Apache indian. This bridge lasted into the 1940s when it was replaced with a steel bridge. One was removed in 1934.
Adams, Kramer. Covered Bridges of the West: A History and Illustrated Guide, 1963, page 6

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