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    Default The Fort Laramie Bridge

    This Fort Laramie Army Bridge was constructed in 1875 by troops from the fort. It was a vital link between Cheyenne, Fort Laramie and the military outposts, Indian agencies and gold fields of the Black Hills Dakota region. It is believed to be the oldest existing military bridge west of the Mississippi River. Once the then-broad and turbulent North Platte River was spanned, the Cheyenne to Deadwood Route was considered the best road to the Black Hills gold fields. The bridge also influenced the establishment of the famous Cheyenne and Black Hills Stage and Express Line. The bridge remained in use until 1958.




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    Thanks for the photos & history. I especially appreciate these because my PhD is from the Univ of Wyoming. Unfortunately, I never had the time to go over to Fort Laramie & explore it.

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    Thanks, E B for the good photo and the info. You manage to find the interesting and the obscure. How else are we going to know this stuff? Your explanations add a great deal to the Forum! Best Wishes, ~Ken

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    Default Re: The Fort Laramie Bridge

    EB -

    That's a fine looking bridge and seeing as how it's about 134 years old it sure has held up well! Thanks for posting this, I also enjoy shooting bridges when I can find them! I like the shot, didn't realize how long the bridge was until I saw the full size image.
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    Default Re: The Fort Laramie Bridge

    Shame on you. That's like New Yorkers who never visit the Statue of Liberty.
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    Default Re: The Fort Laramie Bridge

    Thank you. However, if everyone had to feed from the meager fare I provide nobody would ever have need of a diet.
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    Default Re: The Fort Laramie Bridge

    Thank you. The Union Army developed a talent for rapidly building some exceedingly sturdy bridges during the Civil War.
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    Default Re: The Fort Laramie Bridge

    That's a pretty impressive life.....er.....span. Seriously, 83 years in use! Nice bit of history there, and well presented as usual, EB.
    Nate

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    Default Re: The Fort Laramie Bridge

    Thank you. The bridge is still sturdy enough to use, it just doesn't connect anything anymore. They moved the road and increased its capacity for heavy truck traffic and left the bridge standing where it had always stood, but now without a road at either end.
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