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UP - Omaha Railroad Bridge (2nd)

Photos 

Photocopy Of Photograph, Original Negative In The Possession Of John R. Morison, Peterborough, New Hampshire. Photographer Unknown, Circa 1887. South Web And West Portal Of Bridge

Photo collected by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #158053

Map 

Description 

This is one of if not the earliest documented bridge associated with famous engineer Ralph Modjeski who was assistant engineer for this bridge's construction.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Missouri River on Union Pacific Railroad
Location
Council Bluffs, Douglas County, Nebraska, and Pottawattamie County, Iowa
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1886-87 under the direction of George S. Morison; replaced 1916
Builders
- George S. Morison of New Bedford, Massachusetts
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland (Assistant Engineer)
Railroad
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Main spans: Four Whipple through trusses
Approaches: Pratt deck trusses
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 246.0 ft.
Also called
UP - Missouri River Bridge (2nd)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.24974, -95.91739   (decimal degrees)
41°14'59" N, 95°55'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/255557/4570586 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Omaha South
Inventory number
BH 44446 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 18, 2017: New photo from Dave King
  • April 1, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Ralph Modjeski as Asst. Engineer.
  • March 14, 2010: Added by James Baughn

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