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UP - Omaha Railroad Bridge (1st)

Photos 

From The Railroad Gazette's "English Versus American Bridges", published 1874

Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923

View this photo at books.google.com

BH Photo #348693

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Post 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 1873 under the direction of Grenville Dodge; damaged by tornado Aug. 25, 1877; replaced span by span during 1886-87
Builders
- American Bridge Works of Chicago, Illinois
- Grenville Dodge of Danvers, Massachusetts (Chief engineer)
Railroad
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
11-span, wrought-iron Post through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 250.0 ft.
Also called
UP - Missouri River Bridge (1st)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.24977, -95.91743   (decimal degrees)
41°14'59" N, 95°55'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/255554/4570590 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Omaha South
Inventory number
BH 44445 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 5, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • February 8, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added image + builder
  • March 14, 2010: Added by James Baughn

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