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Allen Bridge (Bell Bridge)



From Historic Bridge Inventory

BH Photo #167494


The first bridge here was the Widup Bridge at the Widup Ford in the Democratic Blade Oct 1886. This was taken out by ice in 1900. Assume this was a wooden structure. The contract for the 1903 bridge calls it the Bell Bridge. This would later be known as the Allen Bridge. Settlers Widup, Bell and Allen all had patents on this section.

Just down stream is Smith Falls named after pioneer Orrin B. Smith. (not Frederick Smith as the State Park incorrectly states). James Grooms


Through truss bridge over Niobrara River on a county road, 1 mi. north and 11 mi. east of Valentine. West of Smith Falls State Park.
Cherry County, Nebraska
Open to traffic
Built 1903 by the Canton Bridge Co.; rehabilitated 2002
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 147.0 ft.
Total length: 185.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 19.4 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 29, 1992
Also called
Allen Bridge. Third on Sec 23, 24, 25 and 26.
Allen Bridge or Widup Bridge (see CS Reece An Early History of Cherry County). First on Sec 25.
Bell Crossing or Bell Bridge. Second on Sec 24.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.89500, -100.32267   (decimal degrees)
42°53'42" N, 100°19'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/392007/4750003 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 92000752 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
NE C001611605P (Nebraska bridge number)
BH 23891 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2017)
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: 22.7 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • August 6, 2011: New photos from James McCray
  • June 14, 2010: New photo from Nathan Holth