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Posted July 17, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Field visited this bridge this weekend. The two main truss spans have a Detroit bridge Company plaque from 1897 and covered up 1898 portal cutouts. It appears this span was relocated from Clinton, Iowa

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/clinton/bh55028/

Posted July 17, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Field visited this bridge this weekend. Bridge is indeed older than the 1889 construction of this line, and matches an 1879 structure at Carpentersville, IL:

http://bridgehunter.com/il/kane/bh48253/

Upon further research, these 127' trusses were likely originally constructed over the Baraboo River in Wisconsin and moved here in 1896

Posted July 12, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Pieces of this structure were reportedly built in 1885 at Winona, Minnesota as part of a long bridge. They were relocated here sometime around the turn of the 20th century. There are several other bridges like this on the line.

Posted July 6, 2017, by John (johntherogger [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good news for all...this bridge seeing a lot more action. Dakota Southern expanded the branch further and plans are in place to restore the track to Kadoka...possibly back to Rapid City but that may take many many years to accomplish.

Posted May 5, 2017, by Jason Straub (straub20 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bridge replaced between 2006 and 2008

Posted May 5, 2017, by Jason Straub (straub20 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Replaced between 2004 and 2007

Posted May 5, 2017, by Jason Straub (straub20 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Replaced between 2010 and 2012

Wolf Creek Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted May 5, 2017, by Jason Straub (straub20 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bridge was replaced between 2009 and 2011.

Posted May 2, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thoughts on the possibility that the below bridge donated a span to this crossing?

https://bridgehunter.com/ia/clinton/bh55028/

Posted March 27, 2017, by Daniel Barnes

While this bridge is barely accessible due to the low maintenance road, tracks on the ground and the condition of the bridge indicates it is still in use

Posted March 23, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Clark,

It prevents ice and debris from getting inside of the timber piers and causing damage.

Posted March 23, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

OK railfans--what is the purpose of the cribbing around the pilings? Is the assumption that debris will only be a problem when the river is higher?

Posted November 17, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I think I can offer a fairly confident idea for this bridge. Bridges built with a narrow one-lane width such as that seen on this bridge would be very rare after 1920. Its pretty clear it was built to be widened at a later date into a two lane bridge. As to why it was built as a one-lane bridge, I also have a strong theory. Note the construction date (during World War II) and also note this is a steel stringer bridge (recall there was a steel shortage during the war). Bridges built during this period often have unusual histories. I therefore believe that the bridge was built using limited steel supplies as a one-lane bridge and planned (after the steel shortage ended) to have additional steel beams added to create a standard two-length bridge.

Posted November 15, 2016, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Like the great Pyramids of Egypt, or Stonehenge, or various Aztec and Mayan Ruins of Mexico and South America this will remain a mystery for great minds to discuss and debate until Christ comes back. I will just default and say that it was the aliens who built the bridge for a purpose only they know. Perhaps there is an X-Files episode that covers it or it has been discussed at length on the Coast to Coast Radio Show.

Posted November 11, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

Who built this bridge? And why are the piers so much wider than the deck? Was it meant to be dual purpose?

County Road Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted November 1, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Is that in Milbank? I looked around the vicinity and on Google and couldn't find a Thresher Bee Park in that area. I updated the status but wanted to mark the proper location. Thanks!

County Road Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted November 1, 2016, by dgulck (dgulck [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is not lost but was relocated to the threshing bee park grounds and was reset to cover a small ravine on the grounds. I live right next to where the bridge was located.

Posted August 13, 2016, by Jess Brown (brownjessd [at] gmail [dot] com)

I visited this location in October of 2015. We were able to drive up to within 200 feet of the bridge on a public road from the south. When I was a kid I remember crossing this bridge several times, riding with my mom. There was a sign on the North side that said "Cross At Your Own Risk". Not sure when it washed out.

Posted June 28, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was unable to find any information on this bridge. So if anybody knows anything or knows of a good place to get some research that would be awesome.

Posted April 27, 2016, by Lou Merchen (WASTA20 [at] GMAIL [dot] COM)

This 1934 bridge is now gone. It was replaced by

a five-span pre-stressed girder style in late

summer 2014. Ribbon cutting ceremony was held

Sept. 5th, 2014

Ordway Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted April 13, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Confusing article... Was the 4 year old at the bridge drinking and shooting guns?

Elm River Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted April 12, 2016, by Patrick

This bridge is closed to traffic.

Posted September 21, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

According to 1992 NBI, the previous bridge here was a 1917 Concrete through arch (ie a historic rainbow arch bridge) so I would assume this modern steel arch (a non-traditional bridge type for such a small stream) was some form of mitigation for demolition of the historic rainbow arch.

Posted September 8, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Timber deck fire is what destroyed an iron truss leading to Belle Isle in Michigan in the early 20th Century. In the case of this bridge, they are lucky to remain standing. In one of the newspaper photos however, its clear that a number of the floorbeams are now sagging severely, so certainly those were compromised. A bottom chord segment appears also to be sagging. Hopefully they at least leave them standing as long-functional monuments. Looks like they one of the few parts of the complex to not be totally destroyed. http://rapidcityjournal.com/photos/full-throttle-saloon-fire...

Posted September 8, 2015, by Don Morrison

The Full Throttle Saloon is in ashes. Looks like the trusses are still standing. Hope they weren't damaged and will be preserved again.

Posted August 10, 2015, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Ben,

Thank you for checking up on it. The bridge really is a wonderful structure and in good shape. I hope it can see use again in the future.

-John

Posted August 10, 2015, by Ben Parsley (bjparsley08 [at] ole [dot] augie [dot] edu)

I would say this is more mothballed than abandoned. Called EE and asked for the plans with it.

Meridian Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted March 8, 2015, by J (Joey [at] zanyzinnia [dot] com)

It is really beautiful in the spring as a pedestrian bridge.

March 2015

Marne Creek Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted April 4, 2014, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

from the looks of it, this bridge seems to be made into a trail bridge

Posted April 2, 2014, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Since we are all in a covered bridge craze.....I added this one: According to the Edgemont Historical Society, this bridge, although built in 2011, is an authentic covered bridge. It is Amish built.

Posted February 18, 2014, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Comparing portals (pic 3) with this:

http://bridgehunter.com/sd/minnehaha/bh36190/

I'm going to speculate this is another Lassig.

Posted February 18, 2014, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Castlewood Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted October 15, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

At first I thought a pin-connected Warren truss in this county was the Thacher truss referred to in HAER documention. However, I finally found mention of this actual Thacher truss in Hamlin County. However, I am not 100% sure where it was located. Its probably demolished. Because of its name, I assume it was near Castlewood, and it was reported to cross Big Sioux River. The map points to my "Best Guess" for the bridge... I can see remains of caissons in the imagry.

Posted October 12, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I'm sure pictures (of the whole process) would be appreciated.

Posted October 12, 2013, by steve beylund (sbeylund [at] ndsupernet [dot] com)

this bridge is now back together and now for sale. would make a nice house over a small stream of water.

Dell Rapids Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted June 1, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)
Posted June 1, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

It might have been an idea to relocate the truss bridge from this bridge

http://bridgehunter.com/sd/minnehaha/bh36189/

To this location. It would have been a better idea than a MOB

Posted June 1, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

The truss span is still on Quarry Road, on a hill where the road curves. Future still unknown..

Posted April 20, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Bridge was NOT relocated from 474th Street. It is an original RI bridge.

Posted February 27, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

What I have heard back from the contractor of a local hotel

"The hotel patio design has been incorporated into the River Greenway improvements. The railroad bridge ends just prior to the hotel property line. A public sidewalk wraps around the hotel patio and connects to the bike path on the east side of the property."

Picture of the proposed development below. It sure looks like the bridge was saved...

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=574606132568063&set=a...

Posted February 8, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm happy to hear that they are not going to chop the width on the other bridge like they did on this one...leave them at their original size and that will not only allow for passing room for opposing pedestrian traffic, but also let folks stand at the trusses and enjoy the view!

Posted February 8, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Thanks for sorting this all out!

Posted February 8, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is the one that was moved here in 2010 Don:

http://bridgehunter.com/sd/davison/18060202/

Not sure what happened to the Firesteel Ck Bridge but it is definitely missing.

Posted February 8, 2013, by Don Morrison

OK, so Nathan had already covered the Pease Creek Bridge being the one that will move.

I wish I could edit my own post to remove the redundant information.

Maybe we'll have that feature in the near future. Oh, well.

Don

Posted February 8, 2013, by Don Morrison

The bridge at 4346'32.37"N 9818'21.99"W, which fits the position coordinates of Firesteel Creek bridge on 249th street in Davison County and was present in 2007, but missing on 30 December 2010, is a likely candidate for being the one that exists now as The Island Development bridge.

http://bridgehunter.com/sd/davison/18009050/

Satellite imagery isn't great for South Dakota.

Just a guess, but Pease Creek bridge

http://bridgehunter.com/sd/charles-mix/12317190/

Is probably the bridge being moved this summer 2013.

That's my $0.02

Don

Pease Creek Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted February 7, 2013, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is to be moved and preserved:

http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/75843/group...

The article mentions that this tiny little bridge must be designed to handle 400 people on its deck at one time. This undoubtedly refers to the ridiculous AASHTO guidelines for pedestrian bridges. If this bridge was moved to Times Square in New York City you wouldn't see 400 people on its deck.

Here is where the bridge is going according to the article:

The path parallels railroad tracks that stretch from 23rd Avenue (Cemetery Road) through an undeveloped area to the west end of Lake Mitchell, where it connects with a paved path and the bridge will be installed by late summer and will span an unnamed creek that drains into Lake Mitchell.

Posted February 7, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I discovered this bridge briefly mentioned here: http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/75843/group... and I am not sure exactly where it came from. This bridge is undoubtedly already listed on BridgeHunter, but I am not sure which one it is because I have no photos of either this bridge now, or the other bridges in this county. If someone figures out which bridge this is we can likely merge two pages. In the meantime, this page represents the current location for this bridge, visible as a pony truss in satellite imagery.

Bull Creek Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted January 13, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Aerial views show a culvert now.

Posted January 12, 2013, by steve beylund (sbeylund [at] ndsupernet [dot] com)

once again I have these bridges for sale next to US highway 85 in Bowman ND. Will be putting then back together this coming spring.If interested in them call 701 523 5380 Thanks steve

Posted January 7, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Still there as of late August 2012. (google earth proves this)

http://www.siouxfalls.org/parks/park-planning/Projects/green...

Still planned to be removed though

Posted December 28, 2012, by Don Morrison

OK. so all NBI entries near Bowman, ND seem to have coordinates that put them offshore of Iceland. If I was from Bowman, ND, I'd be kind of insulted by that. 8^p

Posted December 28, 2012, by Don Morrison

I decided to take a look at the bridge for sale in Bowman, ND, but was unable to find one in the NBI that is actually in the city of Bowman. I did find one listed as 3 miles west of Bowman, so I looked at that. The coordinates given in the NBI actually put that bridge offshore Reykjavik, Iceland, (per Google Maps) so I'm starting to think that maybe this whole bridge selling thing might be a scam.

NBI #000000006128070

Bowman County, North Dakota

Maybe Bjork will buy it.

Posted December 28, 2012, by steve beylund (sbeylund [at] ndsupernet [dot] com)

i now have the bridge for sale in bowman nd.

Posted November 22, 2012, by Matt Lohry

Corten steel is a concept that's been around a while too; the vast majority of MOB's are made with it, and power companies are using it to construct new transmission poles in non- to low-moisture areas. Julie's right--it's low-maintenance and looks nice, but it runs and can get messy, and it turns concrete foundations orange. I wonder if this stuff soaking into the ground cam have an adverse effect on groundwater...I'm certainly not against using it; just a question to ponder. I don't think it's any worse than the paint or galvanizing used in other steel preservation methods...

Posted November 21, 2012, by julie bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

the corten makes rusty stripes before toi long. just was educated on that steel. its cool but not clean.....

Posted November 20, 2012, by Jim Lueken (lueken [at] bellsouth [dot] net)

Very cool pedestrian bridge. And was wise to construct from Corten 'weathering' steel. No painting ever required !

Posted August 9, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

+1 on the documenting the parking lot bridge. It might not be the prettiest of structures, but a parking garage built like a bridge certainly is notable, regardless of what anon-boy thinks.

Posted August 9, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I'm almost sure the parking ramp is gone. But if it is still there, document it! It certainly is noteworthy!

Posted August 9, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It was not shown as a railroad in 1962, so. It hasn't been used in a long time.

A bit far for me to do as a day trip but some photos seem called for.

I wonder if we should document the parking structure that crosses the river since it is going to be removed.

Posted August 9, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

It was probably an old spur.

I don't see a legitimate reason to tear it down. It's not as low as some other bridges, and if you are worried about height, just raise it!

If it is still standing, maybe someone should try to save it. I doubt the city would listen, but it is worth a shot.

Posted August 9, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I'm not sure if it is too late for this bridge, but maybe someone or a group of people could work together with the city to come up with a more reasonable, economic and ideal solution.

Posted August 9, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Jack the plate girder bridge up to increase room for flood waters... demolish and replace with a historic truss bridge... do anything but what was done here.

Posted August 9, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

That's a really dumb plan.

Posted August 9, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

http://www.siouxfalls.org/~/media/Documents/parks/planning/r...

Note how next to the future pedestrian bridge, there are 3 empty piers. This is where the RI bridge currently is

Posted August 9, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I added the excellent pre-relocation photos that Lou posted in the forum into the actual gallery for easier viewing.

Posted August 9, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I think the Rock Island bridge is on a trail and preserved. The BNSF line is inactive or abandoned and this bridge might be the one you're thinking of:

http://bridgehunter.com/sd/minnehaha/bh36209/

Posted August 9, 2012, by John Marvig

I heard somewhere it's because there was lead in the bridge, and it restricted waterflow. Same with the rock island bridge downstream. The RI bridge will be replaced soon, so see it while you can!

Posted August 9, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

Gross.

Posted August 8, 2012, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

This bridge is lost and replaced by a prefab pedestrian bridge. The new bridge is 200 ft long, I guess.

Posted August 8, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Was still there in 2008: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/11956221. As such, this discredits the post saying it was gone in 2004.

Posted August 8, 2012, by Don Morrison (bacchus [at] mchsi [dot] com)

Odds are good that it is gone. Phase 1 of the Downtown River Greenway Project completed June 1 2012.

The diagram on the web page says "New prefabricated 250' x 18' pedestrian bridge", "New bridge abutment" and "Remove existing abutments" among many other things. I think I got those measurements correct. They're hard to read.

Check it out for yourself:

http://www.siouxfalls.org/parks/park-planning/Projects/green...

Posted August 8, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Can anyone confirm that this is lost?

Posted August 8, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Can anyone confirm that this is lost? Reported lost in 2007 comment but still in street view.

Posted August 8, 2012, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Sioux Falls East, SD 1962 topo shows this as the CRI&P RR.

Posted May 6, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

This is clearly a double intersection through truss railroad span. It likley came from a former bridge in Downtown...

Posted April 22, 2012, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just discovered this bridge on Google Earth. Afterward, I found a random pic of it on the internet (I posted the link. If this bridge still exists that will be awesome. The pic on the link is dated to 2000, so I have to wonder. I will be in the area this July so I plan on going to take photos of it. Anyone with any info on this bridge please feel free to comment.

Posted February 24, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Sorry Jason, but this bridge is gone....

http://binged.it/xKiBpN

Thanks for sharing the bridge though!!!

Posted February 23, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

This bridge is actually ex CNW.

And this bridge can be accessed by walking down the tracks...

Posted November 26, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

These bridges are going to get some more attention since this bar will be on Tru TV. An episode apparently has someone attempting to jump off the bridge. http://www.trutv.com/shows/full_throttle_saloon/index.html

Posted August 22, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Maybe its just me, but what I do not understand if there is a pedestrian bridge here then what is the use of that modern pedestrian truss bridge (seen in the first photo) right next to this one?

James River Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted July 4, 2011, by Lou M (wasta20 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been demolished and replaced with

a concrete structure.

James River Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted July 4, 2011, by Lou M (wasta20 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has been demolished and replaced with

a concrete structure.

Posted June 29, 2011, by Anonymous

I love this bridge. I wish it saw more traffic.

Posted June 29, 2011, by Anonymous

I love this bridge, although I wish it saw more traffic

Posted June 29, 2011, by Anonymous

This bridge was rebuilt in Summer of 2010

Posted June 29, 2011, by Anonymous

Sadly this bridge was destroyed last winter

Posted June 19, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The old bridge looks like it may have been a relocated RR bridge. The portal gusset reminds me of this one on a RR bridge, also in SD:

http://bridgehunter.com/photos/18/24/182461-L.jpg

http://bridgehunter.com/sd/pennington/cheyenne-river-rr/

Could it possible be by The American Bridge Company?

Horse Creek Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted June 19, 2011, by Lou Merchen (wasta20 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge still exists....it was moved from its original location 2 miles to the Newell (SD) municipal golf course and crosses a waterway there in March 2002. Had a wooden deck with only a 4-ton limit at time of removal. One of only 4 like this in the state of SD.

Lou Merchen

wasta20@gmail.com

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

The official name of this bridge is the Four Corners Bridge; built at the corner of 4 counties and cost was paid by the 4 counties.

Ree Creek Bridge (South Dakota)
Posted June 19, 2011, by Lou Merchen (wasta20 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is officially called the Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge and states so on its bridge plate.

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.

Posted June 19, 2011, by Lou (wasta20 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bismark Bridge in its original location...

Posted June 19, 2011, by Lou (wasta20 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bismark Bridge in its original location...

Posted June 19, 2011, by Lou (wasta20 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bismark Bridge photos in origial location

Posted June 19, 2011, by Lou (wasta20 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photos of the Bismark Bridge in its location...now a attraction at Full Throtle.

Posted June 19, 2011, by Lou (wasta20 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The two sections of bridge when together were called the Bismark Bridge. It was built in 1912 by the Canton Bridge Co. The two sections were a total of 274'. It was originally located 6 miles east of a tiny town called Vale, SD It was sold and moved to its present location (30 miles) in Aug.2008. Was on the National Historic Register.

The bridge plate is still in place. The deck is wooden planks. It was closed for safety reason and a new concrete one built beside it in summer of 2007.

Posted June 16, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

We'd love to see these Lou!

Posted June 16, 2011, by Lou Merchen (wasta20 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I have several photos of the Bismark Bridge when it was in its origianl location.

Posted May 10, 2011, by Jeff

named to the historic register yet completely restricted to the public. Sounds illegal to me. Amazing how quickly the county caved when one persons checkbook came out.

Posted February 2, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

Makes me want to don a Harley and take a ride!! :>)