Dewey, Utah: Longest Wooden Suspension Bridge in Utah - Burned!Torched by a dumb kid playing with matches. Its ruins are still impressive, but no longer function as a bridge.
- Hwy 128, Dewey, UT
- I-70 exits 204 or 214. Take US 6 to Hwy 128, then turn southeast. Drive roughly ten miles, and as you cross the Colorado River you'll see the Bridge on the left. Turn left immediately after crossing the river; there's a small parking area from which you can walk to the Bridge.
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- Worth a Detour
Visitor Tips and News About Longest Wooden Suspension Bridge in Utah - Burned!
I was fortunate enough to not only visit, but to walk across and back. I was so saddened to visit the following year and saw it had burned just days before. I thought some may appreciate seeing its beauty.[Roger Scott, 02/19/2012]
Here is what is left of the Historic Dewey Bridge [after the fire]. It's really a sad sight. An even sadder note is a sign posted (post-restoration, pre-fire) asking for donations for general maintenance like painting and removing weeds. Looks like it's going to need a lot of paint.[Joe Tamony, 05/10/2008]
The Dewey Bridge was set on fire a week ago by some 10-year old kid playing with matches. Apparently the parents were too busy setting up camp to notice him trying to light this wonderful structure on fire. I do not know how badly the bridge was damaged, but according to the news reports it is no longer passable.[Bob, 04/11/2008]
This 8 ft. wide bridge crossing the Colorado River was replaced in the 1988 by a metal and concrete 2-lane bridge. In keeping with modern engineering practices, the new bridge is downriver from the old bridge -- so that it can catch the old bridge when it washes away. Longest wooden suspension bridge in Utah, now for foot traffic only. Perhaps the ONLY wooden suspension bridge in Utah.[Jude Gassaway, 02/11/2003]
The bridge was destroyed in April, 2008, by a 7-year old boy. He was camping with his parents about a quarter-mile away, wandered down to the river, and started a brush fire with matches. The suspension bridge was the second-longest west of the Mississippi; only the Golden Gate was longer.