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(January 1st — December 31st, 2013)

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David Schaubert

1914 Padre Canyon Bridge

Original path of Route 66, Coconino County, Arizona, USA

September 23rd, 2013 1912 UTC (1212 Local)

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The Padre Canyon bridge was built in 1914 and served as the main route over Padre Canyon until a newer bridge was built just to the south in 1937. Twelve years after it's construction, in 1926 the bridge was incorporated into the original routing of US Route 66 across Northern Arizona.

The bridge is identical to the Canyon Diablo bridge (my WWP911) in Two Guns, AZ to the East. While it is not in as good a shape as the Canyon Diablo bridge, the Padre Canyon bridge can still be crossed by vehicles and pedestrians. Not bad for a bridge abandoned 76 years ago. Most of the original molded concrete Western railing has been replaced by a railroad tie.

The original cost was $7900 dollars (USD, 1914). Constructed by the Topeka Bridge and Iron Company, Daniel B. Luten Engineer.

USA-Canada / USA-Arizona

Lat: 35° 9' 44.62" N
Long: 112° 18' 14.61" W

Elevation: 1772

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Canon XTi (400D) DSLR, Sigma 8mm f3.5 fisheye lens, Velbon D-580 Tripod, Nodal Ninja 3 (NN3) Pano Head, Apple MacBook Pro 17, PTGui Pro 9.1.8, Photoshop CS5 Extended, CubicConverter 2.2.1

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