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Sappa Creek Bridge


The picture was taken facing north.

Photo taken by Anonymous in November 2009


BH Photo #185571



A builder's plate mounted on the west web notes that the bridge was built by the Milwaukee Bridge Company in 1916. Unfortunately, the Harlan County Commissioners' records for 1916 do not refer to this bridge or the Milwaukee Bridge Company, suggesting that it was purchased from outside the county and later moved to its present location near Stamford. Harlan County's wide variety of bridge types also seems to suggest that this and several other bridges were purchased and moved from other locations. With its upper chords, end posts, and virtually all of the other web members comprising steel angles, the truss is atypically configured among Nebraska's secondary road spans. Numerous such "2-angle" trusses remain in use in Missouri, and a few are in place in Iowa, but in Nebraska this Pratt subtype is extremely rare. The Sappa Creek Bridge is thus technologically noteworthy as a singular example in Nebraska of an unusual structural configuration. [From NRHP Form]


Pony truss bridge over Sappa Creek on CR-D, 2 mi. east of Stamford
Harlan County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
Built 1916; rehabilitated 1940
- Illinois Steel Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)
- Milwaukee Bridge Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 62.0 ft.
Total length: 142.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.4 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 29, 1992
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.13157, -99.55501   (decimal degrees)
40°07'54" N, 99°33'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/452715/4442507 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 92000713 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 24170 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 47.5 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • February 20, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added description, NRHP info & imported photos
  • November 9, 2010: New photos from Nathan Holth