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Branch Canada Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Nick Schmiedeler in March 2021


BH Photo #493304



Visit March 2021 deep in woods


Abandoned Pratt pony truss bridge over a branch of Canada Creek on 708 Road
Richardson County, Nebraska
Built ca. 1900
4-panel, pinned Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 81.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.08634, -95.47603   (decimal degrees)
40°05'11" N, 95°28'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/288901/4440278 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2003)
Inventory number
BH 24500 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 18.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


Abandoned (3,927)
Beam (16,880)
Built during 1900s (7,632)
Nebraska (1,687)
One-lane traffic (7,833)
Owned by county (21,607)
Pony truss (17,009)
Pratt pony truss (3,949)
Pratt truss (10,292)
Richardson County, Nebraska (64)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,420)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,791)
Truss (35,433)
Wooden deck (6,159)

Update Log 

  • March 24, 2021: New video from Nick Schmiedeler
  • March 21, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • March 20, 2021: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler



Branch Canada Creek Bridge
Posted March 24, 2021, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Just posted a YouTube video of visit to this one this past weekend March 2021, very deep in the woods


Branch Canada Creek Bridge
Posted March 22, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The approach stringers are also salvaged truss bridge floorbeams, at least some of them are.

Branch Canada Creek Bridge
Posted March 20, 2021, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Older CAMBRIA? Also weird (recycled off this bridge?) welded eyebars underneath approaches

Branch Canada Creek Bridge
Posted March 20, 2021, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

2nd attempt at this one, got there finally today, approached from low maintenance road east side heading west, very long walk, road disappears completely before some assemblance of the road reappears deep in thick woods, so very-long-abandoned this one, bridge has outriggers, lattice railings, really think much earlier than default date, area is incredibly overgrown and jungly, looked to be decades of farm refuse dumped on both ends, bridge sits very high over cavernous "Branch Creek" channel, this one was a blast to visit