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Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge


Aksarben toll booth

Photo taken by Eric Kinkhorst

BH Photo #171837


Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Missouri River on Douglas Street/US 6/US Alt 30
Council Bluffs, Douglas County, Nebraska, and Pottawattamie County, Iowa
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1888; widened with 3rd truss line added 1922-1924; tolls removed 1947; replaced by I-480 bridge in 1966
- Edge Moor Bridge Works of Wilmington, Delaware
- Omaha & Council Bluffs Railway & Bridge Co.
- Omaha & Council Bluffs Street Railway Co. (O&CB)
- Omaha Traction Co. (OTC)
- Streetcar
Whipple through truss
Also called
Douglas Street Bridge
O&CB Street Railway Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.25895, -95.92060   (decimal degrees)
41°15'32" N, 95°55'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/255322/4571617 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Omaha North
Inventory number
BH 44447 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 21, 2022: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • September 11, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • May 1, 2022: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • April 20, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 26, 2022: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • February 27, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 10, 2019: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 15, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added history: Years third truss line was added to widen bridge.
  • August 15, 2016: New photo from Luke
  • August 15, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • October 7, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added categories "Omaha & Council Bluffs Street Railway Co.", "Railroad", "Rail-and-Road", "Streetcar"
  • April 26, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder
  • August 4, 2010: New photos from Eric Kinkhorst
  • March 14, 2010: Added by James Baughn



Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge
Posted March 7, 2021, by Luke

On the contrary, the Lincoln Highway was routed through Blair AFTER the completion of the Blair Bridge in 1929:


Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge
Posted March 7, 2021, by D. Schema (openwire [at] earthlink [dot] net)

The comment about the Lincoln Highway being an overlay of the Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge requires further explanation. When the original Lincoln Highway route was laid out, the original path was through Missouri Valley crossing the Missouri River at Blair, Nebraska. This would be U. S. 30 East-West main route. When Southwest Iowans and Nebraskans in the Omaha area learned it would by-pass Omaha-CB, there was considerable consternation. The protest was so loud, the Lincoln Highway promoters decided to build a connector loop from Missouri Valley to Council Bluffs to Omaha and then up the west side of the Nebraska side to Blair. This later became U. S. 30 Alternate. When I used to cross the Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge, it was formally an overlay of U. S. 6, U. S. 75 and U. S. 30A. My memories are from 1957-1966.

Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by Luke

Yes, the Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge was part of the Lincoln Highway.

Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Barry, it looks like the Lincoln Highway logo to me but I haven't researched the route, so I'm not certain.


Art S.

Ak-Sar-Ben Bridge
Posted August 16, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

In picture #4: Is that the blue "L" logo of the Lincoln Highway painted on it? Comparing the steel members with the size of the cars and people, I can see that this was a very heavily built bridge.

Ak-sar-ben Bridge
Posted August 15, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Nice write-up on the history of the bridge: