Photographer's Note

The Lewis and Clark Bridge, also known as the Wolf Point Bridge, south of Wolf Point, was erected in 1929-1930. It is the last riveted Pennsylvania through truss bridge in Montana. The bridge is 1,074 feet long and contains 1,150 tons of steel. The 400 ft. span is the longest in the state. The bridge is still structually sound and was closed because the horizon over the bridge no longer meets minimum standards. A new bridge was constructed a short distance west (to the left in this image).

The crossing has long been a thoroughfare in the area. Buffalo used to cross here long before the white men came. The Assiniboine Indians named it Crow Ford because the Crow Indians crossed here when conducting raids. Ferries operated here from 1895 to 1920. Crossings during winters were especially dangerous because ice was the only way to cross before the bridge.

It's also interesting to note that the bridge constuction was the most popular amusement in Montana and the opening was attended by over 15,000 persons. The dedication cerimony included blessings by tribal elders, daytime fireworks, a float and a cadre of cowboys.

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Additional Photos by Ned Messerschmidt (nmess) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 558 W: 78 N: 414] (2301)
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