This is a longer post than most of my others and there are several pictures. Make sure you see them all. Before and during the construction of Glen Canyon Bridge, the footbridge served as a means for foot traffic (and evidently, at least one VW Beetle) to get from one side of the canyon to the other. The footbridge was located a short distance upstream from the dam – far enough upstream to not interfere with the construction. It’s visible in several of the photos I’ve posted and I’ve mentioned it a few times in different posts. This post is solely about the upper footbridge and there are several pictures.
I don’t know the source of this first picture below or the date, but it’s a great shot of the bridge that gives you a good idea of the size and scope. This bridge was completed in 60 days.
That’s a sweet picture isn’t it. That was no small task for something that would be temporary. There’s a big part of me that wishes it was still there. Here’s another view from ground level that shows some of the parking and a dry Wahweap bay in the background.
The photo below must have been on a postcard or other advertisement originally. I don’t remember where I got it and it’s not dated.
I have an 8mm home movie clip of this bridge that looks down through the grating at the dam work site below. It’s short, but pretty cool. If I can salvage it and convert it to something electronic, I’ll post it for everyone one of these days.
We’re not done yet. I have two more upper footbridge photos to show you before we’re finished with this post. This first one is my favorite. It catches a perfect moment. I think you’ll like it too.
Cool, isn’t it? I thought you would like it. This last clip below is from a 1958 issue of Civil Engineering magazine and gives us some good information about the bridge.