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Turkey Creek Bridge

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Photo In Public Domain.

Photo taken by Wikipedia User Ammodramus in November 2009

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BH Photo #172907

Map 

Description 

GPS is Estimate. The bridge is located on County Road 722 just west of County Road P, southwest of Ragan.

No exact references have been found to determine who built the bridge or when. The truss leg bedstead, however, was reportedly first used in Nebraska sometime around 1896, remaining popular until the early 1900s. In September 1899 the County Commissioners ordered that an iron or steel bridge be constructed over the creek near Ragan. The contact was awarded to the Canton Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, on September 5, 1899. Constituted of steel components, this bedstead is very likely that structure. Its legs have been partially encased in concrete, but the structure remains otherwise intact. The Turkey Creek Bridge is technologically significant as one of the few intact bedsteads remaining in the state. [From NRHP Form]

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over Turkey Creek on CR-722
Location
Harlan County, Nebraska
Status
Abandoned
History
Built in 1899 by the Canton Bridge Co.
Builder
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
Three panel pin-connected Pratt bedstead pony truss.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 29, 1992
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.29235, -99.33305   (decimal degrees)
40°17'32" N, 99°19'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/471692/4460258 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Ragan
Inventory numbers
NRHP 92000711 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 45911 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (6,212)
Abandoned (3,048)
Bedstead Pratt pony truss (326)
Bedstead truss (496)
Built 1899 (313)
Built during 1890s (2,483)
Canton Bridge Co. (178)
Harlan County, Nebraska (15)
NR-listed (2,842)
Nebraska (1,362)
Pony truss (15,068)
Pratt pony truss (3,191)
Pratt truss (8,053)
Truss (29,506)

Update Log 

  • February 21, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Updated NRHP status & info, description and imported photo
  • August 16, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth

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