Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Triumph trestle

Few structures remain to connect us with the valley's rich mining history. One of them is scheduled for demolition this June.

Spanning over 400 feet above East Fork Road in the former mining town of Triumph, the trestle and ore bin that once fed ore from the tunnel to the mill will soon be lost. The trestle is a tangible link with the largest mining operation in this region and is unique in that it is the only significant mining structure in this area that is easy to find, directly accessible by paved road and dramatically visible. People frequently stop to take photographs of this historic artifact. There is no other monument near the Wood River Valley that so effectively represents Idaho's mining history.

DeNovo Properties, owner of the former mining property, plans to demolish the trestle for liability reasons. We believe that the trestle's historical value could be preserved and converted to an asset by securing the structure with attractive fencing to resolve safety concerns and placing a plaque describing its history. We support DeNovo's reclamation project and appreciate its professional approach.

We believe that DeNovo Properties will listen to the community. Please help save the Triumph trestle by expressing your support for its preservation. Comments e-mailed to will be forwarded to DeNovo Properties and the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office.

Mike Morgan


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