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Johnson Bridge


Johnson Bridge

Beatrice Daily Sun: April 30 1974


BH Photo #457523



Found by Melissa Brand-Welch while researching the Humpback Bridge. The county planned to tear it down but either forgot or gave up on the idea.

Obviously it wasn't damaged too severely in that Oct. 1973 flood... It's still standing some 46 years later!


Abandoned Pratt through truss bridge over Big Blue River on former section of SW 89 Rd.
Gage County, Nebraska
Built ca. 1900
7-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Total length: 112.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.34871, -96.84120   (decimal degrees)
40°20'55" N, 96°50'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/683340/4468698 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 86889 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,833)
Built during 1900s (7,512)
Gage County, Nebraska (76)
Nebraska (1,684)
Pratt through truss (5,849)
Pratt truss (9,988)
Through truss (16,188)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,285)
Truss (34,595)

Update Log 

  • October 9, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 9, 2019: Added by Tony Dillon


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Johnson Bridge
Posted October 1, 2020, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Thanks (belated) also for nice compliment, Luke - may try to get to this one this weekend, weather permitting

Johnson Bridge
Posted October 10, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Luke, thank you ! I appreciate the acknowledgement.

Johnson Bridge
Posted October 9, 2019, by Luke

Melissa, along with Nick Schmiedeler, Geoff Hubbs, and David Jones, have been some of the greatest "new contributors" the site has gotten in recent years.

Bravo to you all.

Johnson Bridge
Posted October 9, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Tony, thank you ! We're a Great Team !

Johnson Bridge
Posted October 9, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I was helping Melissa with some bridges in Nebraska and lo and behold if she doesn't find one that escaped demolition and is still standing! It was exciting to help her verify and add this one!

Great job my friend!!