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Pearl Creek Bridge


Elevation facing north

From NRHP listing

Photo taken by Dale Martin, Nov 88

View this photo at npgallery.nps.gov

BH Photo #461214


Lost Pony truss bridge over Pearl Creek on 213th Street, 5 mi. south and 0.3 mi. west of Cavour in Richland Township
Beadle County, South Dakota
Removed but not replaced
Built 1913 by the Iowa Bridge Co.
- Iowa Bridge Co. (1902-193X) of Des Moines, Iowa
Queenpost pony truss
Span length: 54.1 ft.
Total length: 54.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 9, 1993
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.29686, -98.04031   (decimal degrees)
44°17'49" N, 98°02'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/576558/4905293 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 110 N., R. 60 W., Sec. 28
1270 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
SD 03-327-230 (South Dakota structure number)
NRHP 93001261 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 32108 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 26, 2019: New photos from Clark Vance
  • August 9, 2019: Updated by Clark Vance: Removed 2016
  • August 8, 2019: Photos imported by Clark Vance
  • March 13, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added flickr link



Pearl Creek Bridge
Posted August 15, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

A couple of phone calls and emails later, I have learned the bridge was scrapped. No federal money was involved so no Section 106 review. I saw a one page 2013 report which stated the load limit was 9 tons and there was no irreparable damage or deterioration. I don't know why it was closed or removed. The State Historic Preservation Office was notified but has no power to halt such a project.

Pearl Creek Bridge
Posted August 9, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There's a shining lesson in Ignorance for ya...

"Yeah, so we don't plan to replace it. Nope, we don't care if it's listed on the NR... Just would rather have a nice gaping hole to look at!"

Primed for one of my Golden Crapper Awards!

(As always thanks for the photo Todd Baslee)

Pearl Creek Bridge
Posted August 9, 2019, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

County Master Transportation Plan, Aug 2016, shows it as having been removed in 2016.

Pearl Creek Bridge
Posted August 8, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Was this bridge removed or hopefully relocated? It is clearly missing in the satellite view.