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Bridge @ the Great River Road Archway Monument


Oblique View (Looking Southwest)

Photo taken by James McCray


BH Photo #237021


Street Views 


Pratt through truss bridge over a pond on a pedestrian walkway
Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska
Open to pedestrians
Built 1914 by the Canton Bridge Co. for vehicle use and relocated to its present location in 1999-2000.
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pratt through truss
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.67126, -99.03850   (decimal degrees)
40°40'17" N, 99°02'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/496746/4502265 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 8 N., R. 15 W., Sec. 8
2130 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 47854 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 1, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • January 31, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • February 23, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • August 9, 2012: New photos from James McCray
  • January 27, 2011: Added by James McCray



Bridge @ the Great River Road Archway Monument
Posted December 17, 2017, by Don Morrison

I looked it over a bit too, and found the one lost pony, but it looks more likely for a through truss to have come from Madison county, where the larger river flows. It looks like several possibilities for removed bridges around Norfolk.

Bridge @ the Great River Road Archway Monument
Posted December 17, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

From the Archway:

"The information that I have indicates that the bridge came from Pierce County, Nebraska, where it spanned the Elkhorn River."

I didn't find any possible locations that matched but I didn't do an exhaustive search.

Bridge @ the Great River Road Archway Monument
Posted November 21, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

I asked a docent at the Archway Monument about the history of the bridge, like perhaps where it was originally. The answer was surprisingly vague. "It was found in a scrap yard in one of those 'I' states back east, I don't know if it was Indiana or Iowa. [Could also be Illinois or Idaho...] Perhaps Iowa - don't they have a lot of bridges in Madison County? It was brought here in 2005."

I'm glad they saved it from scrapping, but this is unsatisfying. We know this nice old bridge was built somewhere by Canton Bridge Company in 1914, but we don't know where. Considering it was found in a scrap yard in some 'I' state, we may never know where. At least it is now preserved. I really wish they'd stop incorrectly calling it a suspension bridge.