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Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1

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The Full Throttle Saloon Bridge is a tourist attraction.

Photo taken by James McCray

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Description 

This bridge and another truss bridge (Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #2) apparently was relocated to the Full Throttle Saloon to be apart of its tourist attraction. The bridge was the old Bismarck Branch Road Bridge (http://bridgehunter.com/sd/butte/10395403/).

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Overview
Pennsylvania through truss bridge over the Full Throttle Saloon property on a stage and a bar
Location
Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota
Status
Bridge and property closed due to fire. Bridge partially damaged.
History
Built 1912 over Belle Fourche River on Bismarck Branch Road, but relocated to present location in 2008
Builder
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Pennsylvania through truss
Also called
Bismarck Branch Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.41430, -103.45294   (decimal degrees)
44°24'51" N, 103°27'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/623168/4919053 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fort Meade
Inventory number
BH 47904 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 6, 2017: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Added categories 2011"Othmar H. Ammann Nominee", "Othmar H Ammann Award winner"
  • September 15, 2015: Updated by James McCray: Updated bridge status to reflect that it was partially damaged due to fire at complex.
  • February 23, 2014: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • August 9, 2012: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • August 9, 2012: New photos from James McCray
  • June 23, 2011: Updated by James McCray: updated history
  • February 2, 2011: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Corrected bridge type: This is a Pennsylvania through truss.
  • February 2, 2011: New Street View added by James McCray
  • February 1, 2011: Added by James McCray

Related Bridges 

  • Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #2 (Parts reused in) - The Bismarck Bridge was a two-span bridge that was relocated and reused as two different structures.

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Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
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...

Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
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.

Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
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.

Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
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

Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
Posted June 19, 2011, by Lou (wasta20 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bismark Bridge in its original location...

Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
Posted June 19, 2011, by Lou (wasta20 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bismark Bridge in its original location...

Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
Posted June 19, 2011, by Lou (wasta20 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bismark Bridge photos in origial location

Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
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.

Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
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.

Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
Posted June 16, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

We'd love to see these Lou!

Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
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.

Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
Posted February 2, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

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

Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
Posted February 2, 2011, by Kim Harvey

I wished more private business owners would follow this example.

Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
Posted February 1, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

An excellent example of how creative thinking can lead to a unique adaptive reuse for a historic bridge.

I found several Flickr photos of higher resolution for both of these Saloon bridges, but all of them are "All Rights Reserved" and not allowed for reuse as such, but I did post links to them in the External Links section for each bridge.

Full Throttle Saloon Bridge #1
Posted February 1, 2011, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Now here is an interesting way to preserve a bridge--relocate it to a biker bar and use it as a stage and a bar! Now, this bridge and the other one had to be relocated to the saloon, but, obviously, the bridges were in service somewhere else. Does anyone have a clue? I would like to know the history of these bridges.