NRHP: Verdigris Creek Bridge

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Verdigris Creek Bridge

Verdigris Creek Bridge

NRHP Reference #: 92000770

NRHP Listing Date: 19920629


1.9 mi NE of Royal, Antelope County, Nebraska

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Located about two miles northeast of Royal, this small-scale bridge carries an unpaved county road over Verdigris Creek. The structure consists of a single rigid-connected kingpost pony truss, with a steel stringer approach span on one end. Steel pile bents form the substructure. The bridge's design, dimensions, and its rigid-connected technology suggest a construction date of circa 1918. It was probably built by the Western Bridge and Construction Company, which evidently constructed all of Antelope County's steel bridges between 1907 and the 1920s. The bridge's significance is enhanced by its well-preserved physical condition and by the fact that almost all of the once-numerous kingpost trusses in Nebraska have since been demolished. Only two kingpost trusses are known to remain on Nebraska's roads, this structure and one other Antelope County span.

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