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Devil's Gate High Bridge

Reaching a height of 95 feet and spanning 300 feet, the Devil's Gate High Bridge was an engineering marvel. Constructed by the Union Pacific Railroad in the 1880s to connect prosperous mining towns in and around Georgetown, Colorado, the bridge became invaluable for traversing the steep canyons of the Rocky Mountains. It also attracted tourists. This color photolithograph by William Henry Jackson may have been produced for that market.

Gift of the Hall Family Foundation

c. 1900
16.2 x 20.1in
Image and text: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2023

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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