Yankton Trail Bridge
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
N 43° 30.060 W 096° 45.038
14T E 681848 N 4818910
Quick Description: This site has been an important Big Sioux River crossing for more than 300 years.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 5/21/2007 9:33:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM1JTC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 66

Long Description:
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.
Marker Name: Yankton Trail Bridge

Marker Type: City

Marker Text:
Easy place to forge river for settlers on trail to and from Yankton.


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