Photo taken by James McCray
BH Photo #207774
Situated about a mile south of Sargent, this steel bridge carries an unpaved private road across the Middle Loup River. The Nebraska State Engineer delineated the Sargent Bridge in 1908 as two, 120-foot Pratt through trusses carried by steel cylinder piers. The structure was fabricated and built that year by the Standard Bridge Company of Omaha. Later incorporated into U.S. Highway 183, the bridge was abandoned as a public thoroughfare in the 1960s and acquired by the Middle Loup Irrigation District, which currently maintains it for private access to its diversion dam. The Sargent Bridge for decades served as a regionally important river crossing and a gateway to the town of Sargent. It is today noteworthy as one of the oldest surviving structures designed by the state engineer's office. [From NRHP Form]. Bridge was destroyed in 2019 by river ice, and was delisted from the National Register of Historic Places in 2020.
- Lost through truss bridge over Middle Loup River on an old alignment of US 183
- Sargent, Custer County, Nebraska
- Destroyed by flooding
- Built 1908; Original contract price $4,556.64; Final contract price $6,000+; When the bridge opened it was touted as the first steel bridge in Custer County, Nebraska; Destroyed by flooding 2019
- - Illinois Steel Co. of Chicago, Illinois (Steel manufacturer)
- Standard Bridge Co. of Omaha, Nebraska
- Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 136.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 29, 1992
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +41.62723, -99.37218 (decimal degrees)
41°37'38" N, 99°22'20" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 14/468998/4608455 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Sargent East
- Inventory numbers
- NRHP 92000740 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 49127 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- September 29, 2022: New photo from Matt Hansen
- September 28, 2022: New photos from Matt Hansen
- September 22, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
- March 15, 2019: Updated by Luke: Destroyed by flooding
- February 20, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added description, links,
- August 6, 2011: New photos from James McCray
- July 17, 2011: Added by James McCray