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Lawyers canyon bridge

Lawyers canyon bridge

Lawyers Canyon Bridge on the former Camas Prairie railroad's 2nd subdivision. This line ran from Spaulding ID (just east of Lewiston ID) to Grangeville ID, approximately 62 miles. The line has not seen trains for about 10 years and is officially abandoned. The bridge is located next to highway 95 a few miles south of Craigmont ID. When built in 1908 it was reputed to be the second highest in United States at 296 feet high, 1,500 feet long. In this huge structure there are; Twelve 40 feet long girders weighing 12,000 lbs.-- six 60 feet long weighing 22,000 lbs. two 80 feet long weighing 42,000 lbs. five 100 feet long weighing 64,500 lbs. ----Required 60,000 rivets or approximately two cars loads. About 30 skilled workers worked on the bridge making eight dollars a day. The big bridge was completed August 20 1908. Lawyers Canyon was named for an Indian Chief and not for the legal profession.
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