Niobrara Trail - Niobrara River Bridge
From Nartional Register Nomination
BH Photo #167537
In 1902 the C.& N.W. constructed a wooden bridge across the mouth of the Niobrara River near the town of Niobrara. The structure consisted of three truss spans and a series of shorter approach spans over the flood plain. Despite attempts to shield the timber structure from flooding and weather, the Niobrara River Bridge had deteriorated to the point of replacement by the late 1920s. In 1929 the C.& N.W. designed a replacement structure, had it fabricated using steel rolled by the Illinois Steel Company, and erected it using a railroad construction crew. The lengths of the old and new structures were similar. The principal difference between them lay in the materials used. The 1902 bridge relied almost exclusively on timber for both super-and substructure; the 1929 replacement used an all steel superstructure and concrete substructure to form a heavier, more durable structure. [From NRHP Form]
- Warren through truss bridge over Niobrara River on Niobrara Trail
- Knox County, Nebraska
- Open to pedestrians
- Built 1929 by the Chicago and North Western Railway, replacing a previous structure. Abandoned in the 1970s. Reopened to pedestrians.
- - Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Three span riveted Warren through truss with 7 plate girder and 29 timber approach spans.
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 1,200.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 12, 1992
- Also called
- CNW - Niobrara River Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +42.76641, -98.04825 (decimal degrees)
42°45'59" N, 98°02'54" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 14/577868/4735315 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory numbers
- NRHP 92001576 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 45497 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- February 19, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added description and imported photos
- June 14, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth