BISMARCK – A beautifully illustrated book about modern and historic bridges in North Dakota developed by the North Dakota Department of Transportation in partnership with the State Historical Society of North Dakota and other organizations, has received a national award from the American Library Association (ALA).

Bridges Across North Dakota has been named to the ALA’s Notable Government Documents List of the best state publications for 2010.  It is one of only 11 state publications throughout the United States nationally recognized by the ALA.

Primarily an educational tool examining the history, technology and engineering of bridges in North Dakota, the 151-page coffee table-sized book features photographs of modern and historic bridges and captures how the history of bridge engineering, technology, styles and materials have changed over time.  Other organizations involved with the development of the book include the Federal Highway Administration and Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, an engineering firm headquartered in Bismarck.  Many of the historic photographs in the book are from the collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, which has also been the primary marketer and distributor of the book.

Bridges Across North Dakota retails for $19.95 plus tax and is available at the North Dakota Heritage Center Museum Store in Bismarck, order online by visiting, or contact Museum Stores Manager Rhonda Brown at (701) 328-2822  or email at

Also available at Time Piece Gift Shop at the Barnes County Museum.