NRHP: Big Blue River Bridge

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Big Blue River Bridge

Big Blue River Bridge

NRHP Reference #: 92000708

NRHP Listing Date: 19920629


1 mi SE of Surprise, Butler County, Nebraska

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Located a mile from the small town of Surprise, this small-scale bridge consists of a single-span pinned Pratt bedstead, flanked on each end by a single steel stringer approach. According to county records, the Butler County Supervisors awarded a contract to the Canton Bridge Company for a bridge over the Blue River near Surprise. Using components rolled in Pittsburgh by Jones and Laughlin, the Ohio-based bridge contractor evidently erected this bedstead early the next year. The Big Blue River Bridge is technologically significant as one of the oldest documentable examples in Nebraska of this peculiar structural type.

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