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CBQ - Rulo Bridge


Photocopy From George S. Morison's The Rulo Bridge, 1890. Photographer Unknown, Circa 1887. South Web And East Portal Of Bridge

Photo collected by the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #158034


Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Missouri River
Rulo, Richardson County, Nebraska, and Holt County, Missouri
Superstructure replaced
Built 1887 under the direction of George S. Morison; replaced 1977 by new truss spans reusing the existing piers
- Benjamin L. Crosby of St. Louis, Missouri (Resident engineer)
- Drake & Stratton Co. of New York City, New York & Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Substructure)
- Edge Moor Bridge Works of Wilmington, Delaware (Superstructure)
- George S. Morison of New Bedford, Massachusetts (Chief engineer)
- Mark Waldo (Assistant engineer)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Main spans: Three Whipple through truss
Approaches: Pratt deck trusses
Length of largest span: 375.0 ft.
Also called
Old Rulo Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.05444, -95.42083   (decimal degrees)
40°03'16" N, 95°25'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/293512/4436607 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44440 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 4, 2020: New photos from Nick Schmiedeler
  • March 28, 2018: New photo from Richard Doody
  • October 26, 2011: Photos imported by Jason Smith
  • August 23, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • March 14, 2010: Added by James Baughn

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CB&Q - Rulo Bridge
Posted October 4, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Great shot Nick! Now you need to go east and get a cap (assuming they make one) from the Cutler General Store in Cutler, IN. Oh, nice plaque BTW... :^)


Art S.

CB&Q - Rulo Bridge
Posted October 4, 2020, by Nick Schmiedeler (nick [at] nickschmiedeler [dot] com)

Random run-in after visiting site of current Rulo bridges, drove west to Richardson County seat - Falls City, and the Whipple Truss RR bridge info and date plaque sitting outside Richardson County Historical Society warehouse, neat - wish it were open that day, would've loved to see what other bits were inside - this iron plaque is as huge as you'd imagine - what a treasure

CB&Q - Rulo Bridge
Posted October 1, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Newly digitized bridge historical bridge report containing numerous original drawings of this bridge: https://archive.org/details/gri_33125016395564/page/n73