HAGATNA, Guam (Marianas Variety, Novl 20) – About a third of the historic Taleyfac Spanish Bridge in southern Guam collapsed on Tuesday, due to erosion from torrential rains, the Department of Parks and Recreation reported.

The collapsed area of the stone arch, about 12 feet by 5 feet, fell by about 2 feet, making the bridge dangerously unstable.

Department staff inspected the damage and concluded that the rising river water eroded the stone foundation on the double arch bridge, which dates to 1785.

The Taleyfac Bridge is listed on Guam and National Registers of Historic Places. It is one of the most photographed and visited historic sites on the island, and one of the two double arched bridges known to exist in the Marianas.

The stone bridge is said to have been part of a road between the island’s current capitol of Agana to the town of Umatac, where Mexican Galleons replenished supplies on voyages between Acapulco and Manila.

November 20, 2003

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