NRHP: Rulo Bridge

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Rulo Bridge

Rulo Bridge

NRHP Reference #: 92000718

NRHP Listing Date: 19930104


E edge of Rulo, Richardson County, Nebraska

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A group led by John Mullen of Falls City, Nebraska, laid the groundwork for the Rulo Bridge, located near the town of Rulo, in 1933, when it secured permission from Congress to build and operate a toll bridge over the Missouri River. The War Department approved the bridge in May, but several months later Mullen approached the Richardson County Board with an offer to assign the county all rights to the bridge. The county accepted Mullen's offer, but only on the condition that it not have to pay for construction. Mullen proposed that the county apply for a federal grant and loan, and it did, but the process dragged for almost five years. Finally, in September 1938 the Public Works Administration agreed to fund nearly one-half of the bridge's construction. To cover the balance, the county issued bonds that would be repaid through bridge toll revenue. Construction began in 1938 and continued steadily through the bridge's completion in November 1939.

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