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Boxelder Creek Bridge

Photos 

In original location

Taken June 22, 2002 just before it was replaced.

Photo taken by Lou Merchen June 2002

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BH Photo #203197

Map 

Description 

If you zoom in on the Google aerial photo you can see what I assume to be the old bridge roughly 100 yards ESE of the current bridge. Somewhat of a mystery how it got to its present location. It was torch cut into two unequal pieces and some of the deck beams had been removed but there was no sign that it had been dragged or pushed other than the deformation to the NW end. The soil seemed undisturbed other than by prairie dog burrows and there was no evidence of recent activity around it. I couldn't tell if it had been cut where it sat or had been cut then moved there in sections.

Facts 

Overview
Nearly lost through truss bridge over Boxelder Creek on Base Line Road, 1.0 mi. west and 3.8 mi. south of Wasta
Location
Pennington County, South Dakota
Status
Relocated 100 yards ESE of former location and partly dismantled
History
Built ca. 1920; replaced 2002
Design
Pratt through truss riveted from simple shapes
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 151.9 ft.
Total length: 154.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.1 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.01172, -102.46611   (decimal degrees)
44°00'42" N, 102°27'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/703114/4876296 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wasta
Inventory numbers
SD 52-790-348 (South Dakota structure number)
BH 32299 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2006)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 92.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
34

Update Log 

  • July 3, 2011: New photos from Clark Vance
  • August 25, 2010: Updated by Clark Vance: Added photos and info from visit

Sources 

  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com