What is significant about the design of Dewey Bridge?
The bridge was the longest suspension bridge in Utah until the fire in April 2008. The design featured an all wooden deck measuring 502 feet long but just 8 feet wide from rail to rail. In 1912, Grand County unsuccessfully petitioned the state to finance the construction of a bridge. Grand County then held a bond election, and was able to raise $25,000 to finance the construction of a bridge. The county employed the Midland Bridge Company of Kansas City, Missouri to build a modern, durable structure.

Plans originally called for the bridge deck to be 12 feet (3.7 meters) wide, but with the bonds not producing the expected yields, the deck width was scaled down to 8 feet. When it was built, Dewey Bridge was the second longest suspension bridge west of the Mississippi River exceeded only by the 600-foot long steel bridge across the Little Colorado River at Cameron Arizona built by the Midland Bridge Company in 1911. Reflecting commercial activity at the time, the 92-year-old Dewey Bridge was designed to support the weight of 6 horses, 3 wagons, and 9,000 pounds of freight.

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1. What happened to Dewey Bridge?
2. Why is Dewey Bridge important to southeastern Utah and western Colorado?
3. What is significant about the design of Dewey Bridge?
4. How much of the original Dewey Bridge is left after the fire?
5. Can Dewey Bridge be restored?
6. Will it still be Dewey Bridge after the restoration?
7. What will it cost to restore Dewey Bridge?
8. What responsibility does the family of the child who set the fire have to help with costs?
9. What will be done to prevent another wild fire from destroying the restored bridge?
10. Who is leading the campaign to restore Dewey Bridge?
11. What initial goals have been set for the restoration project?
12. How can I help with the restoration campaign?
13. Who will hold my donation while funds are being raised?
14. What fund raising strategy is being considered?