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Niobrara Trail - Niobrara River Bridge

Photos 

Elevation.

From Nartional Register Nomination

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BH Photo #167537

Map 

Description 

In 1902 the C.& N.W. constructed a wooden bridge across the mouth of the Niobrara River near the town of Niobrara. The structure consisted of three truss spans and a series of shorter approach spans over the flood plain. Despite attempts to shield the timber structure from flooding and weather, the Niobrara River Bridge had deteriorated to the point of replacement by the late 1920s. In 1929 the C.& N.W. designed a replacement structure, had it fabricated using steel rolled by the Illinois Steel Company, and erected it using a railroad construction crew. The lengths of the old and new structures were similar. The principal difference between them lay in the materials used. The 1902 bridge relied almost exclusively on timber for both super-and substructure; the 1929 replacement used an all steel superstructure and concrete substructure to form a heavier, more durable structure. [From NRHP Form]

Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss bridge over Niobrara River on Niobrara Trail
Location
Knox County, Nebraska
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1929 by the Chicago and North Western Railway, replacing a previous structure. Abandoned in the 1970s. Reopened to pedestrians.
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Three span riveted Warren through truss with 7 plate girder and 29 timber approach spans.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 1,200.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 12, 1992
Also called
CNW - Niobrara River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.76641, -98.04825   (decimal degrees)
42°45'59" N, 98°02'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/577868/4735315 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Niobrara
Inventory numbers
NRHP 92001576 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 45497 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 19, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added description and imported photos
  • June 14, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth

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Comments 

Niobrara Trail - Niobrara River Bridge
Posted March 15, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Update: the eastern truss and several girders are in the river.

Niobrara Trail - Niobrara River Bridge
Posted March 15, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Reportedly damaged or destroyed, not yet known what part was damaged.

Niobrara Trail - Niobrara River Bridge
Posted August 9, 2017, by Luke

Lisa, lostbridges has several postcard images of the previous bridge: http://www.lostbridges.org/details.aspx?id=NE/27-54-U01x&loc...

Niobrara Trail - Niobrara River Bridge
Posted August 9, 2017, by Lisa Gennaro (lisagennaro [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Do you have Photo's of this bridge before 1913,

Thank You