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Old P Rd Bridge


Overview (Looking West from Eastern End)

The eastern wooden approach span has collapsed but the bowstring truss itself is in good shape.

Photo taken by James McCray


BH Photo #237372


Spanning a small tributary of the Little Nemaha River, this 40-foot bowstring carries a vacated section of county road southwest of Lorton. The wrought iron superstructure has evidently been moved to this crossing, its original location unknown. The structure consists of two-panel, bowstring arch-truss fabricated from a patented design by the King Iron Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio. It is perhaps one of five iron spans purchased by the county from King in June and July 1876. Although later moved, this diminutive bridge in southern Otoe County is significant as a well-preserved, early example of a King bowstring: one of the last surviving trusses of its type remaining in Nebraska. Us Department of Transportation Nebraska Historic Bridges


Abandoned bowstring pony truss bridge over an unnamed creek on an abandoned section of P Rd
Otoe County, Nebraska
- King Iron Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio [also known as King Bridge Co.]
Bowstring pony truss
Length of largest span: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 78.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.56711, -96.09117   (decimal degrees)
40°34'02" N, 96°05'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/746247/4494771 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 53132 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 11, 2012: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "One-lane traffic", "Pin-connected", "Wrought iron", "Missing spans"
  • August 11, 2012: Added by James McCray



Old P Rd Bridge
Posted August 11, 2012, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Once again.....So, I'm on my way to South Dakota and decide to do a little bridgehunting on my way there through Nebraska, and lo and behold, I find this bowstring truss bridge unexpectedly on my way to find another bridge! There seems to be no mention of it in any historical database, or at least at this point I cannot find any. Anyone, willing to take a stab and give some info that will shed light into this bridge please do so.