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Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge


Aksarben toll booth

Photo taken by Eric Kinkhorst

BH Photo #171837



Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Missouri River on Douglas Street/US 6/US Alt 30
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, and Pottawattamie County, Iowa
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1888; widened with 3rd truss line added 1922-1924; tolls removed 1947; replaced by I-480 bridge in 1966
- Omaha & Council Bluffs Railway & Bridge Co.
- Omaha & Council Bluffs Street Railway Co. (O&CB)
- Omaha Traction Co. (OTC)
- Streetcar
Whipple through truss
Also called
Douglas Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.25895, -95.92060   (decimal degrees)
41°15'32" N, 95°55'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/255322/4571617 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Omaha North
Inventory number
BH 44447 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 27, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 10, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 15, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added history: Years third truss line was added to widen bridge.
  • August 15, 2016: New photo from Luke
  • August 15, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • October 7, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added categories "Omaha & Council Bluffs Street Railway Co.", "Railroad", "Rail-and-Road", "Streetcar"
  • April 26, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder
  • August 4, 2010: New photos from Eric Kinkhorst
  • March 14, 2010: Added by James Baughn


  • Wikipedia
  • Eric Kinkhorst - erick [dot] bud [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Geoff Hubbs


Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by Luke

Yes, the Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge was part of the Lincoln Highway.

Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Barry, it looks like the Lincoln Highway logo to me but I haven't researched the route, so I'm not certain.


Art S.

Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

In picture #4: Is that the blue "L" logo of the Lincoln Highway painted on it? Comparing the steel members with the size of the cars and people, I can see that this was a very heavily built bridge.

Ak-sar-ben Bridge
Posted August 15, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nice write-up on the history of the bridge: