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Chittenden Memorial Bridge



Close-up of the bridge

Photo taken by Kevin Ferguson

Street Views 


The Chittenden Memorial Bridge, and its predecessor on the same site, provided vehicular access to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Artist Point. The bridge's name honors Hiram M. Chittenden, who was the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officer in charge of road construction in Yellowstone National Park from 1891-893 and from 1899-1906. Chittenden built the first bridge on the site in 1903.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Concrete arch bridge over Yellowstone River on South Rim Drive at Artist Point
Park County, Wyoming
Open to traffic
Built 1962
Open-spandrel arch
Span length: 148.0 ft.
Total length: 148.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.70804, -110.50247   (decimal degrees)
44°42'29" N, 110°30'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
12/539411/4950638 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Crystal Falls
Inventory number
BH 35798 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 09/2012)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 55.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2008)

Update Log 

  • December 25, 2014: New Street View added by Dave King
  • November 8, 2014: Updated by Martha Carver: Changed the name of the Bridge and added photos
  • November 30, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Fence guardrail"
  • November 30, 2013: New Street View added by Brent Tindall
  • December 4, 2006: Posted photos from Kevin Ferguson

Related Bridges 


  • Kevin Ferguson - fergusk2 [at] slu [dot] edu
  • Brent Tindall - bizzat219 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Martha Carver - martha_carver [at] bellsouth [dot] net
  • HAER WY-88 - Chittenden Memorial Bridge, Artists Point Road spanning Yellowstone River, Lake, Teton County, WY
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com


Artist Point Bridge
Posted July 15, 2007, by Diane Papineau (diane [dot] papineau [at] myportal [dot] montana [dot] edu)


I'm finishing a graduate degree focused on the history of the Canyon area in Yellowstone. The bridge you have shown is called "Canyon Bridge." It spans Jay Creek as it joins the Yellowstone River. It is not part of the Artist Point road.

Chittenden Memorial Bridge spans the Yellowstone River at the start of the Artist Point Road.

Many history books on Yellowstone will corroborate this information (books by Haines, Whittlesey, etc.) as will my thesis which should be finished this fall. It will be downloadable from the Montana State University website.