Army Iron Bridge

Army Iron Bridge, Fort Laramie: Address, Army Iron Bridge Reviews: 4/5

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FrontierJ
Manitou Springs, CO504 contributions
A BRIDGE BUILT SOLDIERS OF FORT LARAMIE STANDING THE TEST OF TIME
Apr 2021
While visiting Fort Laramie, a Ranger told us of the history of this bridge. We had noticed it before reaching the Fort. It is wonderful to see a bridge built over the Platte so many years ago that served the Military, Pioneers and all other travelers as well. Due to a tight schedule, we decided to spend more time at the Fort and several other sites instead of actually walking the bridge. But it can be viewed well from your car so no need to get out and hike on a day when a lot of hiking is going to be done at the Fort as it is spread out.
Written 2 May 2021
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Ward D
Satellite Beach, FL1,738 contributions
A neat site near Fort Laramie.
Oct 2020
This site is about 2 miles from Fort Laramie. It is right off the road on you way to and from the fort. There is a small pullout with room for about 6 vehicles. It had and information board telling about the bridge. When we went there the leaves were yellow and it was a cool day out so it was very pretty. This is an iron bridge with wooden planking. You can walk out of the bridge and enjoy the sights and sounds from the middle of it. There is a 1.6 mile trail that leaves from the pullout. Worth the stop if you are going to Fort Laramie.
Written 26 October 2020
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Steve5863
Avon, OH13,020 contributions
Historic 1875 Bridge Over the North Platte
Sep 2019
Built by the Army 1875 to provide reliable and safe passage over the North Platte River and located near Fort Laramie, this is nice stop either before or after visiting the fort. I found this to be a peaceful place to walk across the arching three-span bowstring truss bridge, enjoy the river, and contemplate the many famous and ordinary people that crossed the bridge going to and from Fort Laramie. One can also hike the 1.6 mile (2.6k) Confluence Trail that loops about the confluence of the Laramie and North Platte rivers.
Written 30 August 2020
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michaeleH7515XL
Fort Laramie, Wyoming5 contributions
Walk across the river and stroll along two river's banks.
Oct 2019
The Army Iron Bridge is one of the last remaining examples of a three-span bowstring through truss bridge. The new bridge over the North Platte in 1875, was a big advancement in bridge construction and greatly aided travel in the area. Especially north to the Black Hills. This is also the trailhead of the 1.6 mile Confluence Trail that makes a loop along the Laramie River and the North Platte River at their confluence. A nice opportunity to stroll through the riparian forest and imaging the history of the area.
Written 6 November 2019
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adp-retired
Ormond Beach, FL169 contributions
early crossing of river
Sep 2019
You can park next to bridge and walk across. Good informational signs at end of bridge. This is original bridge.
Written 5 October 2019
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denise73AZ
Tucson, AZ83 contributions
Army built to Last
Aug 2019
What's so cool about this bridge is its size. The Platte River that flows under the bridge is minute in size compared to the time in which the bridge was built. To observe that difference is amazing. Walking across allows you to remember about the diverse populations who crossed long ago.

There is a good size parking area where you can stop and a picnic table is under the bridge if you decide to have lunch.

If you follow the 1.3 mile path along the Platte you will be able to view the confluence of the Platte and Laramie Rivers.
Written 18 September 2019
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M J
Austin, TX7,731 contributions
1875 bridge is over the pretty Platte River
Aug 2019
There is an old Army bridge along highway 160 between the town of Fort Laramie and Fort Laramie (the actual fort). The 1875 bridge is over the pretty Platte River. The bridge was an import link from Cheyenne to Fort Laramie, Indian agencies, gold fields of the Black Hills and other military outposts. My husband, a friend and I walked over and around the bridge. I wish there were some picnic tables. We spent less than 10 minutes there.
Written 4 September 2019
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Jim
New Smyrna Beach, FL575 contributions
Another Piece of History
Jul 2019 • Couples
This can be seen on your way to Fort Laramie or when leaving. This was built so the army could traverse over the river and not through it. There is a plaque explaining the history.
Written 25 July 2019
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stofficer
Galena, OH27 contributions
It’s Not Just a Bridge
Jun 2019 • Couples
The Iron bridge can be found on the way to Fort Laramie. Stop and stand on the bridge. Watch the Platte river flow by and imagine the huge effort for pioneers to cross this river before the bridge. Stand on the bridge, close your eyes and imagine the sound of horses and wagons crossing this bridge. Walk along the river and realize how others have made life easier for the rest of us.
Written 9 June 2019
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AndyKansasCity
Kansas City808 contributions
Army Bridge
May 2019 • Couples
Interesting old iron bridge that is no longer in use. Beautiful setting along the North Platte River, with a trail nearby. Good photo opportunity.
Written 27 May 2019
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