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DAIR - Fairview Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken 1998 by Jason Smith

BH Photo #108782

Street View 

Description 

Girders originally built Ca. 1900 at Bridge #B-28 (now filled in) near Wauwautosa, Wisconsin and moved here 1911. Girders reconfigured in structure upon addition of pony truss span in 1931. Information comes from CMStP&P records at the South Dakota Historical Society.

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Big Sioux River on the Dakota & Iowa Railroad
Location
Fairview, Lincoln County, South Dakota, and Sioux County, Iowa
Status
Open to railroad traffic
History
Built Ca. 1900; girders moved here 1911; Truss added 1932
Builder
- Lakeside Bridge & Steel Co. of North Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Truss)
Railroads
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
- Dakota & Iowa Railroad (DAIR; D&I)
Design
Warren pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 136.0 ft.
Total length: 570.0 ft.
Also called
MILW Bridge #T-618
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.22382, -96.48821   (decimal degrees)
43°13'26" N, 96°29'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/703991/4788732 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fairview
Inventory number
BH 32251 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 24, 2022: Updated by John Marvig: added information
  • October 16, 2021: New Street View added by Jeff Wieland
  • October 16, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added information from SDSHS files
  • February 25, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added build dates
  • January 2, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • October 26, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Added categories "Big Sioux River", "Riveted"
  • January 30, 2006: Posted photo from Jason Smith

Sources 

Comments 

DAIR - Fairview Bridge
Posted October 16, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I found a builder on this bridge and the identical bridge at Hudson, SD: Lakeside Bridge & Steel Company. Before today, I had never heard of them. This particular pony truss design had stumped me for years-only one bridge had a plaque, which listed American Bridge Company.

However, bridges such as:

http://bridgehunter.com/mn/steele/medford-railroad/

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/clayton/bh51454/

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/pottawattamie/bh53681/

seem to all be missing plaques (or the plaque is well hidden), possibly suggesting further work by Lakeside for the Milwaukee Road. I would assume the 1932 spans near Neola, Iowa also used Lakeside, but I will work on confirming the other spans with unknown dates.