Dewey: 1916-2008

Posted by on Apr 7, 2008 in Moab | No Comments

The Dewey Bridge was destroyed by fire last night.  I am in shock.  That simple landmark held powerful symbolism for me.  It was, in short, a gateway to a new world.

The bridge was a defining point on the Kokopelli Trail. Each time I have ridden the trail, wether in it’s entirety, or partially, that bridge has played an important role. In the time-trials of the trail I have done it has welcomed me as an old friend. A sigh of relief has always passed over me when I reached the historic marker. The symbolism behind the bridge was tangible, and iconic. It was a passageway to a new type of terrain, a new challenge, and a new state of mind.

And now it is gone.

I would be surprised if the State bothered to rebuild it. The highway crosses the river now, and the old bridge was just a simple historical landmark. Its practical use was nill, but its presence was important. At least to me it was.

And I know for the others out there like me it meant something. And that something will be missed.


  1. Fatty
    April 8, 2008

    wow. that’s awful. seriously. i’m like you — the dewey bridge was the big gateway between the two halves of the kokopelli. crossing it was a big moment.

  2. Veeze Price
    April 9, 2008

    thatsucks man. so how is kt going to happen are is it?

  3. radio
    April 18, 2008

    My name is Michelle Fulcher.
    I’m a producer with a news-interview show called Colorado Matters on Colorado Public Radio. I’m doing a feature on the Dewey Bridge and I would enjoy talking to the author of the initial comment.

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