Who designed it
The Chamberlain Bridge is credited to John Edward Kirkham born in 1870 at Covington, Indiana. He accepted the position of the first bridge engineer for the state of South Dakota in October 1919. With Kirkham's figures in-hand, the 1923 legislature appropriated funds for the five Missouri River bridges for a total cost of $2.1 million. The Mobridge, Pierre and Forest City bridges are no longer in service.
The other two bridges were:
Chamberlain Bridge, comprised of four 336 ft. riveted Pennsylvania through truss spans and, completed in September 1925, was built and fabricated by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Works of Leavenworth, Kansas.
At the time Kirkham estimated the cost of the Chamberlain Bridge to be $303,623. The bridge was dedicated on September 25, 1925 with a large outdoor celebration. It connected Chamberlain with American Island, which is now sitting under the Missouri River after the dams were created in the mid 50s.
Wheeler (Rosebud) Bridge
Wheeler (Rosebud) Bridge comprised of six 256 ft. pin-connected Pennsylvania through truss spans and completed in September of 1925 was the only pin connected bridge among the 5 bridges. Kirkham designed it for dis-assembly because of the possibility that it might be replaced with a combination railroad and highway bridge. The bridge was built by the Kansas City Bridge Company with steel fabricated by the American Bridge Co. Its estimated cost was to be $771,080.
How it was built
In 1953, the Wheeler Bridge was floated in sections upstream 70 miles to become the west sections in creating a new bridge at Chamberlain. By combining the Wheeler Bridge with the Chamberlain Bridge which was moved 1/4 mile south it could better serve South Dakota.
The Pylons of the Chamberlain Bridge still stand today!
The $4.5 million dual highway bridge was dedicated on December 7, 1953. The community was proud to have our bridge be placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
The original bridge was dedicated on September 25, 1925. It was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995 and completely overhauled in 2011-2012
On June 13, 2014 there was a bridge rededication... The historic bridge added a new name - it became known as American Legion Memorial Bridge
The rededication included a ribbon cutting!
October 17 CHS FB vs Todd County
October 18 Pheasant Opener “Rooster Rush”
October 21 CHS VB vs White River 6:30pm
October 25 CHS VB SESD, Chamberlain Community Center & Armory
October 25 Pheasants Forever Gun Night, Chamberlain Community Center 8pm
October 29 CES Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-6pm
October 30 School Dismissal at 2pm, Parent/Teacher Conferences 230-7pm
October 31 Halloween, no school for CDS