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Rattlesnake Creek Bridge


Photo taken from NebraskaHistory.org

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BH Photo #275233



In January 1903 the Cuming County Supervisors awarded an annual bridge construction contract to the Standard Bridge Company of Omaha. In 1903 the county undertook an ambitious bridge-building program, ordering sixty new or rebuilt bridges. Among the structures erected that year by Standard Bridge was this pinned Pratt half-hip pony truss. Located northwest of Bancroft, the bridge carries a gravel surfaced county road over Rattlesnake Creek in northeastern Cuming County. With annual contracts for eastern Nebraska counties such as Cuming, Wayne, Thurston, Stanton, Dodge, and Burt, the Standard Bridge Company erected hundreds of half-hip trusses between 1900 and 1920. Many remain in place today. The Rattlesnake Creek Bridge is distinguished as the oldest documentable example among these. [From NRHP Form]


Pony truss bridge over Rattlesnake Creek on a local road, 2 mi. west and 2 mi. north of Bancroft
Cuming County, Nebraska
In storage or disassembled
Future prospects
Possible reuse
Built 1903
- Standard Bridge Co. of Omaha, Nebraska
Half-hip Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 91.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 29, 1992
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.04431, -96.61358   (decimal degrees)
42°02'40" N, 96°36'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/697506/4657451 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
Inventory number
BH 23938 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2015)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 28.1 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 12, 2017: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added by Art S - Bridge has been removed
  • February 20, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added description, link, NRHP info, builder & imported photos



Rattlesnake Creek Bridge
Posted April 12, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The bents appear to carry the ends of the trusses and the floor beams carry the long girders. My thought is they added the girders at the lower chord to lengthen the span, probably as part of a relocation. The truss is still in a position to carry part of the load. Another story we may never know.

Rattlesnake Creek Bridge
Posted April 12, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks as though the trusses were attached to a beam structure at some point and might not have been functional in the end...except as decorative railings.

That being said, they still appear to be in decent shape and could certainly be reused for trail or park purposes.

Rattlesnake Creek Bridge
Posted April 12, 2017, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

No longer in place:


Bridge built in 1903 removed to make way for low-water crossing

What was believed to be the oldest bridge still in use in Cuming County is in use no more. It was a 16-foot wide wood deck truss bridge – built in 1903 – on County Road 22, just north of Highway 16, two miles west of Bancroft. It crossed the old Logan Creek channel.

Sunrise Excavating won the bid to remove the bridge and replace it with a low-water crossing. Workers were able to do so last week without damaging it. What’s to become of the bridge is still unknown. Some in the county have expressed an interest for the bridge to be saved.

The bridge now rests in the field near where it stood.

Three large culverts are being placed where the bridge stood, and a road will be built over them.

The road is a minimum maintenance road, but is used by four farmers to reach their fields. The bridge was in poor shape and no longer wide enough to allow all of their equipment to cross it.