Ponca Creek Bridge

Ponca Creek Bridge
Location County road over Ponca Creek, 3 miles east of Lynch, Nebraska
Coordinates 42°49′27″N 98°24′25″W / 42.82422°N 98.406896°W / 42.82422; -98.406896Coordinates: 42°49′27″N 98°24′25″W / 42.82422°N 98.406896°W / 42.82422; -98.406896
Area less than one acre
Built 1904
Built by Lackawanna Steel Co.; E. Roy Townsend
Architectural style Pratt half-hip pony truss
MPS Highway Bridges in Nebraska MPS
NRHP reference # 92000769[1]
Added to NRHP June 29, 1992

The Ponca Creek Bridge, also known as NEHBS No. BD00-224, is a historic Pratt truss bridge spanning Ponca Creek that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

The "half-hip" pony truss bridge was built in 1904 as a single-span bridge having a 48 feet (15 m) main span and, with timber stringer approach span having a 79 feet (24 m) total length. Its roadway was 14.3 feet (4.4 m) wide, with timber deck over timber stringers.[2]

The steel bridge was fabricated by Lackawanna Steel Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was built by E. Roy Townsend of O'Neill, Nebraska.[2]

The original bridge may no longer be in place.[note 1]


  1. See photo of bridge currently at site. According to uglybridges.com, the current bridge was built in 1994.


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