Madrid is a town divided. The old stone bridge has been closed for months. At first it was closed to heavy trucks but when further defects where found in May it was closed to all but pedestrian traffic.
Built in 1882 the bridge spans about 400 feet with nine stone archs. It’s hard to believe but the bridge was completed in 3 months at a cost of $17,000.
Considered a historic landmark plans are to repair the bridge and preserve it’s appearance. There may be problems since the arch sections are dirt filled and no one seems to know just what to expect when work begins and the dirt removed.
I looked and found no information about when the dam was built. The only historic reference I found with a quick search was the mention of the stone being quarried for the bridge at one end of the dam. I can only assume the current dam was present when the bridge was built.
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