Arizona June 24, 2019
The Terrifying Suspension Bridge In Arizona That Will Make Your Stomach Drop
Bridges come in all different shapes and sizes, with some more noteworthy than others. While no longer open to vehicle or pedestrian traffic, Cameron Suspension Bridge has a fascinating story and is guaranteed to make your heart stop simply by looking at it. See for yourself:
Just 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon's South Rim, Cameron Trading Post is a historic Native American landmark.
It's a gift shop, restaurant, motel, and RV park all in one - a perfect pit stop on your next family vacation.
Behind the Cameron Trading Post, you'll spot a mighty bridge with trusses towering above the landscape.
Unbeknownst to most, this historic thoroughfare is one of the oldest man-made structures in all of Arizona.
Built in 1911, the bridge formerly carried U.S. Route 89, which begins in Flagstaff and leads to the Utah border northwest of Page.
It was the longest suspension bridge west of the Mississippi River upon opening, measuring a whopping 660 feet long. The suspension design was ultimately chosen because it worked best with the canyon underneath.
The Midland Bridge Company intended the bridge to help improve access to the Navajo Nation and Hopi Indian Reservation.
This endeavor was successful up until 1937, when its use came to an abrupt halt after a herd of sheep damaged the structure while attempting to cross.
Fortunately, the bridge was repaired and continued to serve vehicle traffic until 1959, when it was purchased by the Four Corners Pipeline Company.
Today, the original bridge carries a natural gas pipeline. An adjacent highway was constructed for travel.
Take a look at the two landmarks side-by-side; the original bridge is on the left and it’s newer counterpart sits to the right.
The original Cameron Suspension Bridge remains Arizona's oldest suspension bridge and only one of two in the entire state.
You'll find the bridge in Cameron, which is approximately 50 miles north of Flagstaff.
Address: 466 US-89, Cameron, AZ 86020
Have you ever driven past the Cameron Suspension Bridge? If so, what are your thoughts on it? We’d love to hear! Check out our previous article to learn about more Arizona bridges:
You’ll Want to Cross These 10 Amazing Bridges In Arizona.