Little Cottonwood Creek Bridge – Little Cottonwood Canyon UT

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Description

The Works Progress Administration (WPA), in conjunction with Salt Lake County, constructed this elegant, three-arch stone bridge across Little Cottonwood Creek at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The stone is undoubtedly taken from the famous Temple Quarry, which is just a few hundred yards up the creek.

The site has a plaque on a boulder (see photo)

The WPA also contributed to building the road up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Alta Ski Resort, where WPA teams worked on the ski area in its earliest days.

On the downstream side of the bridge is a diversion canal for either irrigation or urban water supply — probably part of the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake.

Source notes

Plaque at bridge site (see photo)

WPA work order in National Archives (see photo)

Project originally submitted by Joan Greer on July 18, 2019.
Additional contributions by Richard A Walker.

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Location Info


Granite , UT 84092

Coordinates: 40.572, -111.778

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