Colorado’s Engineering Marvels

From bridges to dams to tunnels and beyond, Colorado has some fine examples of structural engineering.  Awe-inspiring bridges such as the Georgetown Loop, the Royal Gorge, and my personal favorite, the Red Cliff Arch Bridge, conquer the mountainous terrain to allow trains, pedestrians, and motor vehicles to cross wide canyons — get a spectacular view in the process.  Man-made dams such as Chatfield, Dillon, and Blue Mesa serve many purposes, including flood control, recreation, and water supply to towns and cities.  The Eisenhower/Johnson tunnels, the Moffat tunnel, and the Glenwood Canyon project challenged mother nature by creating passages through what had previously been impassable mountains. Each of these places — and hundreds of others across Colorado — have fascinating histories and stories to be told.  You can find these histories, along with technical information, on these feats of engineering by searching our library’s resources.  Some highlights from our collection include:

Publications not available online can be borrowed from our library or through Prospector or interlibrary loan.  For more resources, search our library’s web catalog.

Royal Gorge Bridge. Photo courtesy Colorado Tourism Office.

A side note, speaking of floods and canyons — this Sunday, July 31, marks the 40th anniversary of the Big Thompson Flood.  See my blog entry from the 35th anniversary for resources on this topic.