1 vote

Keim Stone Arch Bridge


Keim Stone Arch Bridge

Photo taken by NebraskaHistory.org

View this photo at nebraskahistory.org

BH Photo #274521



Historical Society Brochure

PDF (816 KB)

Posted by Clark Vance from the web archive



As indicated by a plate on the bridge itself, the Keim Stone Arch was built in 1916 by the Keim Cement Company. The Johnson County Commissioners' Record reveals only one payment to the Keim Cement Company in 1916, on September 4th for $1121.16. The Keim Cement Company was one of the primary bridge builders in the county, and appears to have been the only builder of stone bridges and culverts. The company made its first claim against the county for stone bridge work in 1906, followed by at least ten other claims for stone bridges and culverts. George Phillip Keim founded the general-construction firm in Tecumseh in 1882. His sons, Peter and Jacob, later joined him, and the company became known as Keim and Sons. The Keim family continued to operate the firm until at leasi the 1950s. In the early years, the company worked primarily in Johnson, Nemaha and Pawnee Counties. It became involved in highway construction in 1918, and was engaged in highway projects throughout Nebraska by 1956. Major commissions reponedly include the Johnson County Home, the Tecumseh Fire Department building, and "construction of structures on one of the fint highway projects in southeast Nebraska - No. 3 highway between Tecumsehand Crab Orchard." The Keim Stone Arch Bridge is a rare, well-preserved example of early twentieth century stone arch bridge construction: the only surviving stone bridge built by this prominent local bridge builder. [From Keim Bridge PDF]


Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Spring Creek on 624th Avenue (Fas 3635)
Johnson County, Nebraska
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1916 by Keim Cement Company, NRHP listed 1992-06-29, delisted 2019-03-25
- Keim Cement Co. of Tecumseh, Nebraska
Stone arch
Length of largest span: 27.9 ft.
Total length: 28.9 ft.
Deck width: 18.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 29, 1992
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.39239, -96.12288   (decimal degrees)
40°23'33" N, 96°07'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/744194/4475284 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tecumseh NE
Land survey
T. 5 N., R. 12 E., Sec. 19
Average daily traffic (as of 2011)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 92000710 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 59756 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Sufficiency rating: 99.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Arch (12,242)
Built 1916 (699)
Built during 1910s (9,711)
Deck arch (11,482)
Johnson County, Nebraska (26)
Keim Cement Co. (1)
Lost (25,298)
Lost 2017 (260)
Lost during 2010s (3,324)
NR-listed (2,964)
Nebraska (1,641)
Owned by county (20,946)
Replaced by new bridge (17,039)
Span length 25-50 feet (15,739)
Stone arch (3,100)
Total length 25-50 feet (11,234)

Update Log 

  • September 6, 2020: Document added by Clark Vance
  • September 4, 2020: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Updated status
  • February 17, 2014: Added by Dave King



Keim Stone Arch Bridge
Posted September 4, 2020, by Janet Lynch (jzem [at] uwyo [dot] edu)

The bridge was over Gray's Creek from my mother and grandfather as they both owned the land from abt 1894 to 1981 on the west side of the bridge. The 1900 Johnson County Atlas lists it as Gray's branch. The Gray family owned the land of the headwaters of the creek. I fished under the bridge as a small child and walked the bridge railings. Sorry to hear it is gone.

Keim Stone Arch Bridge
Posted June 22, 2019, by Meghan

This bridge is sadly no longer there. It has been replaced.