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McClain Bridge



Bridge was built between 1905 and 1910 based on when the contract was put out for bidding in 1905. The bridge was likely abandoned when the river changed course and widened based on satellite imagery. One span remains in the middle of the river and another span is abandoned on the south of the river in the tree line. Likely one span is lost.


Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Niobrara River on Old County road
Keya Paha County, Nebraska
Future prospects
In 2012 the Niobrara Council spoke with someone from the NPA about getting the section left in the river removed.
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.73060, -99.68232   (decimal degrees)
42°43'50" N, 99°40'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/444142/4731125 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bassett NW
Inventory number
BH 72992 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Abandoned (3,199)
Keya Paha County, Nebraska (12)
Nebraska (1,417)
Pratt through truss (4,727)
Pratt truss (8,225)
Preserved (1,101)
Through truss (13,269)
Truss (30,033)

Update Log 

  • July 30, 2016: Updated by J.P.: added an essay of what likely happened to the bridge.
  • July 29, 2016: Updated by J.P.: updated name


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com


McLain Bridge
Posted July 29, 2016, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just browsing the river, and seen this just sitting in the middle of the river. There is also a second span sitting on the ground on the south shore in the trees towards of the bottom of the screen shot. I was unable to find much information on the bridge.