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Nixon Bridge


Nixon Bridge MT

Photo taken by Tony Carter / Cronicle


View this photo at bozemandailychronicle.com

BH Photo #346691

Street Views 


Local newspaper provides the history:

Records indicate the bridge was originally built by the county in 1891 and placed over the Gallatin River, where it crossed through Central Park, a town between Manhattan and Belgrade.

In 1923, the county paid $1,824.50 to move 148 feet of the Pratt pin-connected truss bridge to its current location on Nixon Gulch Road, replacing another bridge.

In Feb. 2018 county commissioners voted to demolish the bridge.


In 2020 it was relaced and this one was scrapped.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Gallatin River on CR 216
Gallatin County, Montana
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Built 1891; Relocated here in 1923; rehabilitated 2000
Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 148.0 ft.
Total length: 150.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.4 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Nixon Gulch Road Bridge
Gallatin River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.89158, -111.33684   (decimal degrees)
45°53'30" N, 111°20'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
12/473866/5082056 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Nixon Gulch
Average daily traffic (as of 2002)
Inventory number
BH 23034 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 42.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 30, 2021: New photo from John Bernhisel
  • July 19, 2019: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • March 11, 2018: Updated by John Bernhisel: News update.
  • August 9, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • January 22, 2017: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Added categories "Othmar H. Ammann Nominee", "Othmar H Ammann Award winner"
  • January 23, 2016: New Street View added by Dave King
  • January 21, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • October 9, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Add relocation info, bridge name, and demo risk.



Nixon Bridge
Posted July 30, 2021, by John Bernhisel (Johnmbernhisel [at] gmail [dot] com)
Nixon Bridge
Posted February 7, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The loss of this bridge would be a tragedy. It is a beautiful structure that almost reminds me of something that P E Lane would have thought up. I'm not suggesting that he was the builder here but the incredible amount of lacing on this bridge reminds me of some of his structures.

Regardless of builder, this is a great Victorian era Pratt truss bridge. A bridge like this is rare in the Mountain West.

Nixon Bridge
Posted February 6, 2018, by Sheila N. (silvermese [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is scheduled to be demolished. 😢


Bridge to be replaced, moved to another site
Posted April 20, 2016, by Andy (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Nixon Bridge
Posted January 21, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Nixon Bridge
Posted December 2, 2015, by Troy Carter (tcarter [at] dailychronicle [dot] com)

Here's my story on the beautiful Nixon Bridge. http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/county/commission-...