Union Pacific
California (Afton Canyon)
May 14, 1988

So far all of the bridges seen in Afton Canyon have been fairly small affairs, spanning side washes which can nonetheless turn vicious during flash floods. This bridge at the eastern end of the Canyon is another story, for it spans the main wash (the usually dry Mojave River) through the canyon and is clearly built to withstand major torrents. Incidentally, the photographer is standing approximately on the site of the tunnel which was later daylighted, after being converted into an aquaduct during a major flood and ruined beyond repair.

This page posted 1/1/2019. Text and photo ©2019 Lamont Downs.