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The historic Yankton Trail Bridge near the Great Bend of the Big Sioux River in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (USA). The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

7 October 2012
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The historical marker at the site reads: “As early as the 1700’s the Yankton Sioux forded the river here and often made camp while en route to pipestone quarries in MN. After the slaying of Judge Amidon and his son William during the Dakota Conflict of 1862, the entire population and their cavalry escort fled Sioux Falls City and crossed the river at this point. Later federal troops used this ford when traveling between Fort Dakota and Fort Randall. A ferry was established here in 1880. Three years later local carpenter Leonard Cashman built the first bridge, a primitive wooden affair, at this crossing. Builder S.M. Hewett constructed the Yankton Trail Bridge in 1895. A rare example of a pin connected Parker Through-Truss bridge, it is an elongated rectangular steel span 177 feet long by 21 feet wide. Originally used by horsedrawn wagons and buggies traveling the Yankton Trail, its roadway was a wood plank floor. The Old Yankton Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.”

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  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardabout 2 years ago

    Nice POV on this one. They recently tore down the last remaining metal bridge where I grew up. These bridges have character.

  • Thank you, Sheryl! You’re right about the character of these old bridges. The Yankton Trail Bridge also has a lot of history. It was built in 1895 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

    – Greg Belfrage

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