Catwalk T – 9 Days

December 22, 2015  •  12 Comments

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The Catwalk National Scenic Trail is located in the Gila National Forest in Western New Mexico, north of Silver City. In the late 1800's a 3 mile long pipeline was built in the canyon suspended up to 20 feet above the whitewater Creek that flows through the canyon. The pipeline supplied water to a mining mill and the town called both Graham and Whitewater. There was a wood plank walkway built over the pipeline that the men who maintained the pipeline called the Catwalk. The mining operations were closed in the 1940's, and the catwalk was rebuilt years later by the Civilian Conservation Corps and assigned to the Gila National Forest.

 

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A section of the original 18 inch pipe.

 

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Suspension bridge over Whitewater Creek

 

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Stairs down to one of the pools and waterfall

 

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Laurie sketching at the bottom of the staircase

 

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T & L Photos
Thanks, Miz Shaaz!
MizShaaz(non-registered)
Oh wow beautiful shots! What a cool place...
T & L Photos
Hi Janna! The current catwalk has guardrail, so you feel secure. I don't think the men who walked the planks on the pipeline in the 1890's and early 1900's felt particularly secure. BTW Billy the Kid's stepfather worked as a blacksmith in Whitewater.
Jannatwrites(non-registered)
That is a pretty place- I can see why Laurie would be moved to sketch. I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to walk the catwalk.
T & L Photos
Hi Teagan. I think I just slid down the handrail on those stairs.
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