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Sargent Bridge


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)

Update Log 

  • 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



Sargent Bridge
Posted March 22, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Is it salvageable? Yes. Unfortunately, few would spend the funds necessary to do so. If the funding and support are there it could be recovered and restored.


Art S.

Sargent Bridge
Posted March 21, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

In all seriousness... what is the consensus? Salvageable? Not salvageable?

Sargent Bridge
Posted March 21, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I think that will buff out.

Sargent Bridge
Posted March 21, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Here is another unknown photographer photo of the bridge found floating (pun not intended) around various social media.

Sargent Bridge
Posted March 16, 2019, by Craig (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Just saw picture of damaged bridge. Sad loss. Picture attached is from unknown photographer on internet. I did not take pic and I do not own pic.

Sargent Bridge
Posted March 15, 2019, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nooo.....im sad now