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National Parks Under Attack
This Web site doesn't like to take political stands, but now it is necessary.

The current administration wants to reduce the size and number of National Monuments and allow oil drilling and mining in National Parks for the first time since the system was established. If you prefer trees and streams to oil wells and pipelines, contact your representatives in Washington NOW and tell them to protect these Crown Jewels of America.

Places Earth extends sympathies and hopes to both the people fighting to restore their lives in Puerto Rica and to those who’s lives have been taken or disrupted by the shooting in Las Vegas. Also to hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, and other areas of the Gulf region. Also to the fire victims in California. So many disasters in short time, all made worse by climate change.

State Parks, Historic Sites, and Museums need your help.

Throughout the country, state parks, historic sites, museums, and similar institutions are struggling to continue operating. Because of general financial problems, many of these institutions are operating on a reduced schedule or in danger of closing. Some are being forced to sell off artifacts and property. Many will not weather these hard times without your help.

Places Earth urges everyone to support these vital and important public resources any way you can. Please donate your treasure, time, and talent. Write to your governor and other elected officials telling them to find a way to keep state parks open. It will be your loss.

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Ocean to Ocean Highway Bridge

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2003 - 2017.

The Ocean to Ocean Bridge was a critical link in joining the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans with a highway. The bridge was built across the Colorado River between Yuma, Arizona and Fort Yuma, California in 1914 and 1915 for $76,000 and dedicated during a citywide celebration May 22-23, 1915. At the time of its opening, the bridge provided the first safe, economical crossing of the river at Yuma and it was the only vehicle bridge across the Colorado River for 1,200 miles. The Ocean to Ocean Bridge now joins Yuma, Arizona and Winterhaven, California. The bridge was designed in Washington by engineers unfamiliar with the site. An early design required falsework (temporary supports) during construction which was twice washed away. Eventually the bridge was constructed on the south shore and floated across the river on barges,

The 336-foot bridge was closed in 1988 due to structural problems. A renovation begun in 2001 and was completed in reopening in 2002. It received Arizona Preservation award in 2003. The bridge is also sometimes known as Colorado River Bridge; Yuma Bridge; Penitentiary Avenue Bridge. The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 (9/11/1979) - Structure - #79000431. Modern I-8 crosses the Colorado River about 200 feet west.

Today, two other bridges span the Colorado River within a short distance of the Ocean to Ocean Bridge. Just a few feet upriver is the Union Pacific Railroad bridge providing a vital rail link between California and Arizona. A few hundred feet downriver is the Interstate 8 Highway bridge which has replaced the Ocean to Ocean Bridge as the main means of crossing the Colorado River. A small park below the three bridges allows good views of all three.

As seen from the California side.
Ocean to Ocean Bridge from Winterhaven, California
Ocean to Ocean Bridge from Winterhaven, California. The bridge to the left is a railroad bridge. Photo date: March 12, 2005.

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