Old Army Bridge over the Platte River -- Ft Laramie NHS, nr Ft Laramie WY
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N 42° 12.643 W 104° 31.980
13T E 538548 N 4673277
Quick Description: The state historic marker next to the old Army Bridge at the Fort Laramie National Historic Site near Firt Laramie WY
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 2/2/2014 9:42:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMK2BZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 6

Long Description:
This wonderful three-span bowstring through truss bridge was built by King Iron Works in 1875 over the Platte River near Fort Laramie. It was bypassed by a new highway bridge in 1958, but was preserved as a pedestrian bridge as a Wyoming Civil Engineering landmark.

A historic marker plaque at the bridge reads as follows:

"OLD ARMY BRIDGE OVER THE PLATTE RIVER
Erected 1875

This bridge was a vital link between Cheyenne, Fort Laramie, and the military outposts, Indian agencies, and gold fields of the Black Hills Dakota region.

Placed by the Historical Landmark Commission of Wyoming
1951"

A smaller second plaque reads:

“Wyoming Historic
Civil Engineering Landmark

Fort Laramie Bridge
1875

Wyoming ASCE Chapter 1977”
Marker Name: OLD ARMY BRIDGE OVER THE PLATTE RIVER

Marker Type: Rural Roadside

Addtional Information:
This bridge is on the US National Register of Historic Places


Group Responsible for Placement: Historical Landmark Commission of Wyoming

Date Dedicated: 1951

Web link(s) for additional information: [Web Link]

Marker Number: Not listed

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