NRHP: Berry State Aid Bridge
Berry State Aid Bridge
NRHP Reference #: 92000753
NRHP Listing Date: 19920629
10 mi NE of Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska
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Built in 1899, the original Berry Bridge was one of four spans left intact over the Niobrara River after the disastrous 1916 flood. The county commissioners approached the Nebraska State Engineer regarding state or federal aid to replace this existing truss. State aid was approved in 1918. The Omaha based Pioneer Construction Company was awarded the contract and the Berry Bridge was completed in 1921. Meanwhile, the 1899 truss was moved some five miles east. The Berry Bridge, located northeast of Valentine is one of the few remaining trusses in Nebraska built under the state aid bridge system. It is significant as a well-preserved, long-span example of the riveted Pratt through truss; a mainstay structural type in the state in the 1910s and 1920s.
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