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Custer in Custer County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Stockade Lake Bridge

 
 
Stockade Lake Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, 1
1. Stockade Lake Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
Originally Constructed by the
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
Completed in April 1937

South Dakota National Guard
Completed in August 1988


The Bridge is 76 feet, 4 inches long and 26 feet wide. Three spans, each constructed of 10 stringers, 12 inches wide, 22 inches high and 26 feet long are held over 30 feet above the spillway by two intermediate supports. Designed and constructed of Douglas fir, the bridge is capable of withstanding loads up to 100 tons. This is the largest bridge built, to date, by the South Dakota National Guard.

George S. Mickelson, Governor
Philip G. Killey, The Adjutant General

 
Erected 1988 by State of South Dakota, National Guard Bureau, Departments of the Army and the Air Force.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsCharity & Public WorkParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1937.
 
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45.918′ N, 103° 30.872′ W. Marker is in Custer, South Dakota, in Custer County. Marker is on Stockade Lake Drive, one mile east of Lower French Creek Road, on the left when traveling east. Marker is within Custer State Park, located in a pull-out and small parking lot on the north side of the road, overlooking the Stockade Lake Dam, on the west side of the subject bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12702 Stockade Lake Drive, Custer SD 57730, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glen Erin School (approx. 0.7 miles away); An Agreement Between Cultures (approx. 0.8 miles away); Anna Donna Tallent (approx. 0.8 miles away); An Expedition of Mixed Outcomes (approx. 0.8 miles away); Prospectors in Search of Gold (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Legacy of Debate (approx. 0.9 miles away); Campsite of General Custer's Expedition (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fire Tower Lookouts (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Custer.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted at eye-level, directly on a large rock formation which forms the south side of the lake and west side of the dam.
 
Also see . . .
1. Custer State Park and The Civilian Conservation Corps. According to Camp Superintendant
Stockade Lake Bridge Marker (<i>wide view; marker mounted on rock formation above platform</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2018
2. Stockade Lake Bridge Marker (wide view; marker mounted on rock formation above platform)
M. A. Garland, the purpose of Camp Pine Creek was, in general, to develop the northern area of the park which had become increasingly popular due to its proximity to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and such scenic areas as Iron Mountain, Sylvan Lake, and Elkhorn Mountain. Camp Pine Creek was located in the northern hills of Custer State Park, which comprised 125,000 acres of virgin forest area, unusual in its rugged mountainous topography. Dams that created Horsethief Lake near Mount Rushmore and Stockade Lake, Center Lake, and Bismarck Lake in Custer State Park, were constructed by CCs supervised by state park employees under the jurisdiction of national park staff. Stockade Lake is located east of Custer at the west entrance to Custer State Park. (Submitted on August 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Stockade Lake. Stockade Lake is the largest of Custer State Park's five lakes. This beautiful lake also has a swimming beach, hiking trail, playground, group area and fishing. Stockade Lake also sits near some historical Black Hills points-of-interest and campers will find nearby the Gordon Stockade and the site of the first gold discovery in the Black Hills. (Submitted on August 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Stockade Lake Bridge (<i>view from lake/north side of bridge</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2018
3. Stockade Lake Bridge (view from lake/north side of bridge)
Stockade Lake Bridge Deck image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2018
4. Stockade Lake Bridge Deck
Stockade Lake Bridge (<i>wide view; showing spillway north of bridge</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2018
5. Stockade Lake Bridge (wide view; showing spillway north of bridge)
Stockade Lake Dam & Spillway (<i>view from bridge</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 11, 2018
6. Stockade Lake Dam & Spillway (view from bridge)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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