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BNSF - Plattsmouth Railroad Bridge


Railroad bridge with highway bridge behind

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #158045


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Pennsylvania through truss bridge over the Missouri River on the BNSF Railway at Plattsmouth
Plattsmouth, Cass County, Nebraska, and Mills County, Iowa
Open to traffic
Built 1903, West Approach Rebuilt 1976
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- E.J. Blake (Consulting Engineer)
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Main span: 16-panel Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 400.0 ft.
Total length: 1,682.0 ft.
Also called
BNSF Missouri River Bridge
BN Missouri River Bridge
CB&Q Missouri River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.00161, -95.86725   (decimal degrees)
41°00'06" N, 95°52'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/258851/4542895 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pacific Junction
Inventory number
BH 44442 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 11, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 1, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • December 23, 2015: New photo from Charles Kuehn
  • October 22, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Add engineer.
  • October 21, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • November 14, 2013: Updated by Dylan VanAntwerp: Added categories "Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad", "Burlington Northern Railroad"
  • September 14, 2012: New photos from Mark Frazier
  • March 14, 2010: Added by James Baughn

Related Bridges 



Plattsmouth Railroad Bridge
Posted July 26, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

A new railroad bridge is planned at this location but according the Army Corp, the existing historic bridge will NOT be demolished as part of the project. See attached public notice.

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BNSF Railroad Bridge
Posted July 24, 2008, by Ryan Roenfeld (iowaryan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The railroad bridge was completed in 1880 by Chief Engineer George Morrison and the span was rebuilt in 1902. The adjacent automobile bridge was completed in 1935.