Big Blue River Bridge
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Big Blue River Bridge; seen from the southwest. The bridge is located in Butler County, Nebraska, where county road E crosses the Big Blue east-southeast of Surprise, Nebraska. It was built in 1897, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Photo taken by anonymous
BH Photo #179910
Information From Historic Bridge Inventory
From Historic Bridge Inventory By Clayton B. Fraser
Located a mile from the small town of Surprise, this small-scale bridge consists of a single-span pinned Pratt bedstead, flanked on each end by a single steel stringer approach. According to county records, the Butler County Supervisors awarded a contract to the Canton Bridge Company for a bridge over the Blue River near Surprise. Using components rolled in Pittsburgh by Jones and Laughlin, the Ohio-based bridge contractor evidently erected this bedstead early the next year. The Big Blue River Bridge is technologically significant as one of the oldest documentable examples in Nebraska of this peculiar structural type.
- Pony truss bridge over Big Blue River on E Road, .5 mi. east and .3 mi. south of Surprise
- Butler County, Nebraska
- Open to traffic
- Built 1897 by the Canton Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 1999
- - Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
- Bedstead pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 65.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 29, 1992
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +41.10096, -97.29170 (decimal degrees)
41°06'03" N, 97°17'30" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 14/643454/4551371 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory numbers
- NRHP 92000708 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 23825 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection (as of 10/2008)
- Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 21.9 (out of 100)
- Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
- September 28, 2010: New photos from Nathan Holth
- June 14, 2010: Essay added by Nathan Holth