A bridge and a bike

I got out of bed and onto the bike before sunrise Sunday. The forecast said temps in the mid to high 90s(F) by early afternoon, so I wanted to get a ride in early. I rode SD38 east to Humboldt and then back to Salem, a 35-mile round trip. Lots of bird activity on the ride over—pheasants, meadowlarks, red-winged black birds.

On my way back, I stopped at the bottom of the hill at the east edge of Montrose and snapped this photo of my bike on a typical rural South Dakota bridge. The bridge was probably built in the 1920s or 1930s, if my cursory reading of this document Prairie Crossings: South Dakota’s Historic Roadway Bridges that I found on the South Dakota Department of Transportation website. It, the bridge, is not in it’s original form. Guardrails have been added that hide the concrete balustrade from your view as you drive or ride over the bridge (see photo on page 39 of the pdf or picture at the beginning of chapter 5, page 45).

The bridge spans the East Fork Vermillion River which joins the West Fork Vermillion River to form the Vermillion River 25-30 miles south of here.

2 response to "A bridge and a bike"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 30, 2018

    Hi Gregg — Ive certainly enjoyed all of your posts from Salem and surrounding areas, both here and on BL.
    Illinois used to have many such concrete balustrade bridges, not sure how many remain now.
    Pretty cool bridges.
    Im from Vermilion County (French spelling?) — named for the Vermilion River here. Actually, Illinois has two Vermilion rivers, one flowing NW to the Illinois River, and another flowing SE to the Wabash in Indiana.
    How that came to be is interesting since they flow in opposite directions, but are, or were, somewhat connected by a marshland in Ford county.


    Looking forward to more posts from GDinSD!

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