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Sage Sue Ann Redfeather Bridge


Overview (Looking north from southern end of bridge)

Photo taken by James McCray in July 2015


BH Photo #345610



Concrete stringer bridge over Cheyenne River on an old alignment of SD 40
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota
Open to pedestrians only
Concrete stringer
Also called
Old Redshirt Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.66707, -102.87067   (decimal degrees)
43°40'01" N, 102°52'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/671670/4837098 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Red Shirt NE
Inventory number
BH 69974 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 11, 2016: Updated by James McCray: Name of Bridge and date changed to show that it is now called Sage Sue Ann Redfeather Bridge, and date 1943
  • November 13, 2015: Added by James McCray


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com


Sage Sue Ann Redfeather Bridge
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.

Sage Sue Ann Redfeather 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.

Sage Sue Ann Redfeather Bridge
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?