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Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Bridge (Pierre, S.D.)--Panoramic Photo

 Unprocessed — translation missing: en.enumerations.container_type.container: MD 73
Identifier: H2014-053

Content Description

The collection consists of one panoramic photo (7 x 34 ½ inches) of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Bridge in Pierre (S.D.). The image shows the bridge in its entirety spanning the Missouri River. The bridge was completed in September of 1907, it is assumed that the photographer took the image a few months before this, as wooden pillars are still visible under some of the spans and a temporary rail structure is also still in place. The 2,200-foot bridge is a multi-span pin-connected Pennsylvania through truss design with steel superstructure. The bridge is set atop granite-faced piers. The second span from the east end of the bridge is a swing span that would rotate open to allow passage to high-clearance steamboats. The bridge provided the first permanent Missouri River crossing in central South Dakota linking eastern South Dakota and the west river region. The photographer’s name, L.C. Smith, is inscribed on the panoramic image. It is not known if he was an amateur or professional photographer. The old Pierre Stockyard can also be seen in the distant background on the Pierre side of the river.

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  • 1907


0.1 Cubic Feet