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Waubonsie Bridge


Overall View Of Bridge, Waubonsie Highway Bridge (1930), And Missouri River; View To Northeast

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #158035


Lost through truss bridge over Missouri River on NE 2
Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska, and Fremont County, Iowa
Highway bridge replaced by new bridge
Built 1930; replaced 1983
- Kansas City Bridge Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
Cantilevered Warren through truss
Also called
Waubonsie Highway Bridge
Nebraska City Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.67038, -95.83059   (decimal degrees)
40°40'13" N, 95°49'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/260745/4506020 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Nebraska City
Inventory number
BH 36927 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 6, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 24, 2021: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 30, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Changed name to common name & added city
  • July 23, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey



Waubonsie Bridge
Posted January 31, 2016, by Matt

I think this bridge was still in use as late as 1985 or 86; I remember crossing it on a trip from Lincoln, Nebraska to St. Louis, Missouri during a vacation in this period. We did the drive in reverse a year or so later and by then the new one had opened.

Nebraska City Bridge
Posted August 21, 2008, by Randy Brush

Thank you for show photo of railroad bridge over Missouri River. It is two truss bridges like in 1888. It is make George S Morison. I remember four truss bridge over Missouri River in Sioux City, Iowa. It was built in 1888. It was lost since 1973. i have no time take picture at Sioux City, Iowa. it was too late.


Nebraska City Bridge
Posted July 24, 2008, by Todd (hippiewalk [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The highway span looks simular to the recently demolished Hermann Bridge. I wonder if this bridge was designed and built by the same company as the Hermann span. PLUS I am sure a UCEB or a steel stringer span exists there today. Is the old railroad bridge still standing?