NRHP: Nine Bridges Bridge

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Nine Bridges Bridge

Nine Bridges Bridge

NRHP Reference #: 92000716

NRHP Listing Date: 19920629


3.9 mi N of Doniphan, Hall County, Nebraska

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Early in 1911 citizens of Doniphan Township pledged $1,000 toward construction of a new bridge over the Platte River to replace an existing timber bridge that linked the area with Grand Island. In response, the county supervisors authorized the Nine Bridges Road north of Doniphan to serve the proposed crossing. The supervisors decided to constrict the river's channel width by some 340 feet and erect a three-span pony truss. Completed in 1913, the Nine Bridges Bridge carried mainline traffic until construction of a parallel span over the Platte on U.S. Highway 281/34. Sold to the adjacent landowner in the mid-1960s, the bridge is no longer open to traffic, but is maintained in essentially unaltered condition. It is historically significant as an important crossing of a major watercourse and technologically significant as the best example in the state of this mainstay structural type.

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