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Kilgore Bridge


Photo taken by James McCray


BH Photo #236984


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By 1915 Buffalo County had spent years maintaining and repairing the long, timber pile Kilgore Bridge over the north channel of the Platte River southeast of Kearney. That February the board of supervisors voted for the structure's replacement. The board adopted standard plans developed by the state engineer, awarded an annual bridge construction contract to the Omaha Structural Steel Works, and then solicited the state engineer's advice on the "most advisable method" to construct a new span at the site of the existing bridge. In June the county placed an order with Omaha Structural Steel for the new Kilgore Bridge: a three-span pony truss on thirty-six-foot steel piling foundations. The bridge is a noteworthy example of the state's then newly-formulated pin/rigid connection technology. Additionally, the Kilgore Bridge is one of the few remaining multiple-span pinned pony trusses in Nebraska. [From NRHP Form]


Pony truss bridge over North Channel Platte River on Basway Strip Access
Buffalo County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
Built 1915
- Lackawanna Steel Co. of Lackawanna, New York (Fabricator)
- Omaha Steel Works of Omaha, Nebaraska (Builder)
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 86.9 ft.
Total length: 258.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Also called
Basway Strip Access Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.68382, -98.95130   (decimal degrees)
40°41'02" N, 98°57'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/504114/4503659 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
Inventory number
BH 23808 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 26.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • December 17, 2017: New photo from Ralph Hanson
  • February 23, 2014: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • February 20, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added description & builders
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by James McCray: updated gps coordinates


  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • NRHP Form
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net