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On September 2, 2005 at around 10 in the morning, a 4,483-foot bridge crossing the Missouri River on Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota opened to public traffic. This bridge is the Four Bears Bridge, currently the second largest bridge in the state of North Dakota. It replaced an earlier bridge in the same spot which was built in 1955.

The Four Bears Bridge provided an instant landmark for the state. It was named after two Native American tribal chiefs, both of whom were named Four Bears. The bridge also stands as a celebration of the heritage of the ?Three Affiliated Tribes? who lived and still lives in the reservation. These are the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes. In fact, the bridge is decorated with medallions to represent this heritage.
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