NRHP: Bell Bridge

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Bell Bridge

Bell Bridge

NRHP Reference #: 92000752

NRHP Listing Date: 19920629


11.9 mi NE of Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska

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The Cherry County Commissioners began considering construction of a bridge at the Bell crossing of the Niobrara River when they visited there in January 1902. Located twelve miles northeast of Valentine, the crossing was situated about midway between the existing Berry and Brewer bridges. One year later the commissioners ordered a pinned through truss from the Canton Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The bridge was completed in November 1903. As one of the oldest, longest, and best-preserved of Cherry County's remarkable group of through trusses, the Bell Bridge is an excellent example of what was once a mainstay vehicular truss type: the pinned Pratt through truss.

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