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Keim Stone Arch Bridge


Keim Stone Arch Bridge

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As indicated by a plate on the bridge itself, the Keim Stone Arch was built in 1916 by the Keim Cement Company. The Johnson County Commissioners' Record reveals only one payment to the Keim Cement Company in 1916, on September 4th for $1121.16. The Keim Cement Company was one of the primary bridge builders in the county, and appears to have been the only builder of stone bridges and culverts. The company made its first claim against the county for stone bridge work in 1906, followed by at least ten other claims for stone bridges and culverts. George Phillip Keim founded the general-construction firm in Tecumseh in 1882. His sons, Peter and Jacob, later joined him, and the company became known as Keim and Sons. The Keim family continued to operate the firm until at leasi the 1950s. In the early years, the company worked primarily in Johnson, Nemaha and Pawnee Counties. It became involved in highway construction in 1918, and was engaged in highway projects throughout Nebraska by 1956. Major commissions reponedly include the Johnson County Home, the Tecumseh Fire Department building, and "construction of structures on one of the fint highway projects in southeast Nebraska - No. 3 highway between Tecumsehand Crab Orchard." The Keim Stone Arch Bridge is a rare, well-preserved example of early twentieth century stone arch bridge construction: the only surviving stone bridge built by this prominent local bridge builder. [From Keim Bridge PDF]


Stone arch bridge over Unnamed creek on 624th Avenue (Fas 3635)
Johnson County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
Built 1916 by Keim Cement Company
- Keim Cement Co. of Tecumseh, Nebraska
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 27.9 ft.
Total length: 28.9 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 29, 1992
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.39239, -96.12288   (decimal degrees)
40°23'33" N, 96°07'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/744194/4475284 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tecumseh NE
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 92000710 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 59756 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2015)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 45.7 (out of 100)
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Arch (11,364)
Built 1916 (649)
Built during 1910s (9,036)
Deck arch (10,611)
Johnson County, Nebraska (26)
Keim Cement Co. (1)
NR-listed (2,851)
Nebraska (1,423)
Open (37,745)
Owned by county (19,222)
Span length 25-50 feet (14,356)
Stone arch (2,725)
Structurally deficient (17,657)
Total length 25-50 feet (10,328)

Update Log 

  • February 17, 2014: Added by Dave King