“Fall River Crossing Along The Old Army Iron Bridge -Ft. Laramie, Wyoming”

I have such a thing for old bridges as some of you know from previous posts. Well, above is an old army bridge near Ft. Laramie, Wyoming. This old historic bridge was built in 1875 by the US Army to provide military and immigrant crossings over the North Platte River to the Fort. This bridge was pivotal in providing transportation and trade in the region. It also provided passage to other military outposts, Indian agencies, and the gold fields in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Without this bridge to link people together at the time, many peace treaties wouldn’t have happened. If you are going through and/or headed to Wyoming for a visit, be sure to make this bridge and the National Ft. Laramie sight a “must see”.

The Mysterious Beauty Of Pactola Lake, South Dakota

I have always been in awe at the mysterious beauty of Pactola Lake in the Black Hills of South Dakota. For anyone that’s been there, you know what I mean…especially for it’s deep blue-green color on a still day. When talking to friends and family about it and going to it’s Visitor Center, I learned there was an old mining town and resort beneath it. Before that, the land belonged to the Sioux Indians. To read more and how this lake now protects the people of Rapid City and vicinity, see PactolaLake.com.