Bridge to Nowhere

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Built in 1929 in honor of Henry Harrison McPhaul (Yuma's only Arizona Ranger), the 800-foot McPhaul Suspension Bridge spanned the Gila River. Unfortunately, the bridge was considered too flimsy for modern traffic. In 1968, a dam was built upstream and the river was diverted while the highway was rerouted over a smaller bridge which was destroyed in 1993 by a flood. The McPhaul Bridge has been well preserved by the Arizona air and considering its height and clearance, it probably was unwise to change locations in favor of a new bridge.

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