NRHP: Cameron Suspension Bridge


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The Cameron Suspension Bridge was built over the Little Colorado River in 1911 to provide better access to the Navajo Nation and Hopi Indian Reservation. The bridge originally carried highway 89, nearly collapsed under the weight of too many sheep in 1937 and was replaced by a more modern bridge in 1959.



Five years after the suspension bridge was erected, the Richardson Brothers established the Cameron Trading post where the Navajo and Hopi came to barter for dry goods. As the town grew up around the bridge and trading post, it became a hotel for the area’s tourists.


Today, it is a Southwestern version of the Cracker Barrel, with a restaurant and large gift shop and an adjoining motel. We stopped there on our way to the Grand Canyon to use the restroom. We perused the native crafts available in the gift shop, walked through the motel’s courtyard garden and took some photos of the historic bridge and canyon from the back of their property.

Location: US Highway 8954 Miles North of FlagstaffCameron, AZ 86020

Designation: National Register of Historic Places

Date designation declared: 6/5/1986

Date of my visit: 8/19/2014


10 thoughts on “NRHP: Cameron Suspension Bridge

  1. I find it interesting to see the three generations of highway bridges in the top photo! A similar bridge in Utah, the Dewey Bridge, was in service until the 1980’s on a state highway. Sadly, it was burnt by an arsonist and was subsequently demolished.

    1. It is interesting…here in the NY area, they just built a new Tappan Zee bridge. The old one is in the process of being dismantled. I guess they have pedestrian walkways on the new bridge so there is really no purpose for the old one. I think the same thing happened to the old Oakland Bay Bridge in California when they completed the new one.

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