Rating:
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Bridge @ the Great River Road Archway Monument

Photos 

Oblique View (Looking Southwest)

Photo taken by James McCray

Enlarge

BH Photo #237021

Map 

Street Views 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over a pond on a pedestrian walkway
Location
Buffalo County, Nebraska
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1914 by the Canton Bridge Co. for vehicle use and relocated to its present location in 1999-2000.
Builder
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Pratt through truss
Recognition
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:
Kearney
Inventory number
BH 47854 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Buffalo County, Nebraska (11)
Built 1914 (719)
Built during 1910s (8,805)
Canton Bridge Co. (178)
Have street view (22,578)
NR-eligible (3,979)
Nebraska (1,376)
Open to pedestrians (3,569)
Owned privately (1,309)
Pin-connected (3,301)
Pratt through truss (4,624)
Pratt truss (8,069)
Preserved (1,069)
Through truss (12,949)
Truss (29,550)

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

Sources 

  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Dana and Kay Klein

Comments 

Bridge @ the Great River Road Archway Monument
Posted November 22, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I contacted them for info on the truss and was told they would locate that information.

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.