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Forsyth in Rosebud County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Forsyth Bridge

 
 
Forsyth Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
1. Forsyth Bridge Marker
Inscription.  Although heavy rain disrupted the celebrations, it couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm Forsyth residents felt for their new bridge, dedicated on July 4, 1905. Prior to the bridge’s construction, Rosebud County residents had to ford the Yellowstone River in low water or depend on an irregular ferry service; the nearest bridge was forty-five miles downstream at Miles City. Rosebud County commissioned William S. Hewett and Co. to construct this pin- connected Pennsylvania through-truss bridge for $53,200. One of Montana’s most prolific bridge builders, Hewett was responsible for the construction of at least fifteen Montana bridges in and around the Yellowstone Valley between 1897 and 1906. Construction began on December 22, 1904. The crew poured the massive concrete piers before assembling the large steel components, fabricated in the east and shipped to Forsyth by rail. Warming weather and spring flooding sometimes forced the bridge crew to work chest deep in cold water. Nevertheless, construction was completed ahead of schedule. Providing convenient access to the county seat and the Northern Pacific terminal, the bridge saw a marked increase in traffic
Forsyth Bridge and Marker (on the left) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
2. Forsyth Bridge and Marker (on the left)
after construction of the Milwaukee railroad brought homesteaders to north Rosebud County. Originally three spans in length, the southern span crossed the primary river channel; the two northern spans crossed the flood plains. When the bridge was closed in 1958, replaced by a concrete bridge several hundred yards upstream, two of its three spans were salvaged for scrap metal. The southernmost span remains, an example of the tremendous public investment in infrastructure that accompanied the homesteading boom.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsMan-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 15.942′ N, 106° 41.382′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Avenue North and Oak Street, on the left when traveling north on 3rd Avenue North. The marker is located in VFW Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Forsyth MT 59327, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Forsyth Water Pumping Station (here, next to this marker); Forsyth, MT (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Forsyth, MT (approx. 0.3 miles
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away); a different marker also named Forsyth, MT (approx. 0.4 miles away); Commercial Hotel (approx. half a mile away); Kennedy-Fletcher Block (approx. half a mile away); Choisser Block (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Forsyth, MT (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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