Sheep Bridge over the Virgin River

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

STOUT'S SHEEP BRIDGE

Virgin, Utah

LOCATION

This bridge crossed the Virgin River where it goes through a narrow gorge in Virgin, Utah. This is up the river (east) a little ways from the current Sheep Bridge Road bridges.

37° ??' ??.??" North Latitude,   113° ??' ??.??" West Longitude
37.????° North Latitude,   113.????° West Longitude
3,??? feet (1,??? meters) MSL


DESCRIPTION

The bridge was built of wood and initially just wide enough for sheep to cross single file.

Later, the bridge was widened to allow a wagon to cross.


HISTORY

John L. Sevy had Allen Joseph Stout build this bridge so he could get his sheep across the Virgin River from their grazing ground on the Arizona Strip. Allen, with the help of his father?, Allie, built the bridge. The hard part was getting a stringer across the gorge.

Stout used this bridge as a means of making money. Other sheep men were glad to pay a toll for crossing their sheep.

Stout later built the bridge wide enough for sheep wagons and similar vehicles to cross.

The bridges no longer exist, through some iron anchors remain.


PHOTOS

Sheep Bridge over the Virgin River

WCHS photos:
WCHS-01266   Photo of a large flock of sheep at the sheep bridge over the Virgin River


REFERENCES

Excerpts about the Sheep Bridge
from the book, "Historic Rockvill, Utah", by Jane E. Whalen