Getting ready to ride
Started as a watering stop for the railroad's steam engines in the 1880s. As work crews,and later travelers, came through, stores,hotels and restaurants sprang up to accomodate them.
Then the bottom fell out. A declining economy crashed when I-70 came through and by-passed Cisco altogether.
Dewey, Utah Old Gas Station
Dewey is a ghost town in Grand County, Utah. Originally named Kingsferry, it began in the 1880s when Samuel King built and operated a ferry across the Grand River (now considered part of the Colorado River). A small community soon developed around the ferry, although it never grew large. The town served as a ferry crossing until the Dewey Bridge was constructed in 1916.
The Dewey Bridge, built in 1916, originally carried SR-128 across the Colorado River. The bridge featured an all wood deck measuring 502 feet (153 m) long, 10.2 feet (3.1 m) wide from support to support and 8 feet (2.4 m) wide from rail to rail. The bridge also consisted of two metal towers, a run of seven cables on each side of the bridge deck, and cable anchors.
The total was seven wagons, two people on horseback and several on foot. The bridge was designed to support the weight of six horses, three wagons, and 9,000 pounds (4,100 kg) of freight.
On the day of its completion, it was the second-longest suspension bridge west of the Mississippi River. The longest was also built by the Midland Bridge Company, who used the same base plans for both bridges. The longer twin to the Dewey Bridge crossed the Little Colorado River along U.S. Route 89 in Cameron, Arizona. The Dewey Bridge remained the longest suspension bridge in Utah until it was destroyed by fire in 2008
Rafter on the Colorado River
The Colorado River
Milepost 14 Highway 128 Moab, Utah 84532
Phone: (435)259-3332 Fax: (435)259-5397
Mile Post 14 Hwy 128
Moab, Utah 84532
435-259-2002 / 866-812-2002 Fax: 435-259-5050
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