Possibility of ‘Adams Crossing’ for bridge name
The scope of the Westside Avenue Action Plan study does not take in the renaming of “No Man's Land,” it's previously been stated.
However, Steve Murray, Action Plan project manager, said this week that as part of the study of Colorado/ Manitou Avenue improvements between 31st Street and the Manitou/Highway 24 interchange, he is OK with the concept of dubbing the anticipated replacement bridge at Columbia Road “Adams Crossing.”
For years, Westsiders have used that name informally to identify the bridge area (and sometimes even No Man's Land as a whole). The name honors Charles Adams, who lived near the bridge when the Denver and Rio Grande railroad crossed there in the late 1800s, according to local historians.
A German immigrant, Civil War veteran, area investor and Indian agent, he gained fame in 1879 for working with famous Indian leaders Ouray and Chipeta to bring a peaceful end to the Meeker Massacre.
Assuming a formal process confirms the Adams Crossing historical background, “we could at least name the bridge that,” Murray said.
The Westside Pioneer had asked him about a bridge name after noticing that a display board at the Sept. 18 open house referred to it by the name of “Columbia Street Bridge.” (Murray said that was really meant as a working title and that, in any case, it should have said “Columbia Road.”)
Westside Pioneer article