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Sweetwater Mill Bridge


Taken in 1989

Photo taken from NRHP Form

View this photo at nebraskahistory.org

BH Photo #275373


In November 1908 the Buffalo County Board of Supervisors adopted bridge plans prepared by the Standard Bridge Company as the county standards. The board awarded an annual bridge construction contract to Standard two months later, purchasing numerous small-scale bridges from the Omaha-based firm throughout 1909. Among the structures ordered in May was this eighty-foot pinned pony truss over Mud Creek in Beaver Township. Located at the Sweetwater Mill near the county's northern edge, the truss replaced an earlier bridge at this location, using the existing stringer approaches on both sides of the channel span in conjunction with new H-shaped steel pile bent supports for the truss. Standard completed the bridge later in 1909, using steel components rolled by Illinois Steel Company. Although the pinned pony truss of the Sweetwater Bridge is unremarkable as a typical example of a relatively common structural type, the bridge is significant as one of the earliest and best preserved examples remaining in the state of an original Standard Bridge Company built-up H-pile substructure.


5-panel pin-connected Pratt pony truss bridge over Mud Creek on Sweetwater Road at Sweetwater
Buffalo County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
Built 1909
- Illinois Steel Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Fabricator)
- Standard Bridge Co. of Omaha, Nebraska (Builder/Designer)
Pratt pony truss
Span length: 80.1 ft.
Total length: 80.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 29, 1992
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.04094, -99.00778   (decimal degrees)
41°02'27" N, 99°00'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/499346/4543302 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2000)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 92000767 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 23811 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 31.2 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • June 20, 2022: New photos from James McCray
  • February 20, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added description, builders, imported photos


  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • NRHP Form
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com