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Re: Fort Smith-Ft. Laramie-Ft. Worth Bowstring Bri

Regarding the still standing 1875 Fort Laramie bridge, reading your post, I went to Google Books and
tried looking for information via the Annual Reports of the Chief of Engineers. Logical, isn't it? Except,
in this case, it was the Quartermaster Department which built said bridge. When I entered Fort Laramie
Quartermaster bridge. I found some interesting material. It seems that the company that was contracted
used a supervisor they had used for years and he, shall we politely say, "fouled" up. The army made sure
that repairs were made and even loaded several wagons with rocks onto the bridge in order to test the load capacity.
Only then, did they accept the bridge. Granted, a different bridge nearly two decades after Beale's
endeavors but still, an insight, possibly, into the earlier bridges and what was expected of them.

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Five Beale Wagon Road Iron Bridges in IT
Redbank Creek
Sans Bois Creek
Re: Sans Bois Creek
Re: Five Beale Wagon Road Iron Bridges in IT
Re: Five Beale Wagon Road Iron Bridges in IT
Longtown Creek
Poteau River
Poteau River Beale Iron Bridge Location
Re: Poteau River Beale Iron Bridge Location
Re: Poteau River Beale Iron Bridge Location
Beale Bridge Location Not "E Street"
Re: Beale Bridge Location Not "E Street"
Re: Beale Bridge Location Not "E Street"
Beale Wagon Road's Carnall St. Bridge in Ft. Smith
Re: Poteau River Beale Iron Bridge Location
Re: Poteau River Beale Iron Bridge Location
Carnall Ave. Crossing of Poteau--It's a FERRY
Summary: Beale Wagon Road Iron Bridges in IT
Emachaya Creek was a Beale Wagon Road Iron Bridge
Otter Creek was Little Sans Bois
Beale Wagon Road’s Six Iron Bridges in IT
Re: Beale Wagon Road’s Six Iron Bridges in IT
More on Location of Poteau River Bridge
More on Site of Poteau River Iron Bridge
Fort Smith-Ft. Laramie-Ft. Worth Bowstring Bridges
Re: Fort Smith-Ft. Laramie-Ft. Worth Bowstring Bri
Historic Ft. Laramie Bridge Picture
Fort Scott Bowstring Arch Bridge