The Bridges of Eagle County A Story of Pioneers, Politics, and Progress
by Kathy Heicher
From the first rickety structures that miners and homesteaders built in the 1880s to the magnificent steel arch constructed at Red Cliff in 1940, bridges are a historic record of the evolution of Eagle County. Transportation was the key to prosperity, and innovative Eagle County leaders were eager to prove their commitment to progress. Each bridge has its own story. Written by award-winning journalist and historian Kathy Heicher.
Before Eagle County became known for its world-class ski resorts and high-end real estate, the county had a colorful history of nomadic Utes, adventurous mountain men, optimistic miners, and hard-working homesteaders. The Eagle County Historical Society works to preserve and share the county’s rich history. Knowing and understanding the people and forces that shaped the past makes us a better community today.
Eagle County Historical Society
PO Box 192
Eagle, CO 81631