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Bismarck Branch Road Bridge


This bridge was relocated 30 miles to be reused as an attraction at the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis.

Apparently the Pennsylvania Truss is referred to as Bridge #1 and the Pratt as #2.


Through truss bridge over Belle Fourche River on Bismarck Branch Road, 8.6 mi. east and 6.2 mi. south of Newell
Butte County, South Dakota
Moved to Sturgis, SD for use as an attraction at the Full Throttle Saloon
Built 1912 by the Canton Bridge Company
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Main span consists of a pinned Pennsylvania through truss with a 5-panel pinned Pratt through truss approach.
Both are products of the Canton bridge Company
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 274.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.62721, -103.25666   (decimal degrees)
44°37'38" N, 103°15'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/638290/4943017 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Vale NE
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
SD 10-395-403 (South Dakota structure number)
BH 32164 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 94.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 19, 2011: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status of this span.
  • October 13, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: Bridge is visible on sattelite view



Bismarck Branch Road Bridge
Posted June 19, 2011, by Lou Merchen (wasta20 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is no longer in this location. It was sold and moved in Aug. 2008 30 miles to Sturgis, SD and is now used as a tourist attraction and called the Full Throtle Saloon bridge. You can see photos of it at its present and former locations listed under Full Throtle.