Rattlesnake Creek Bridge

Rattlesnake Creek Bridge
Nearest city Bancroft, Nebraska
Coordinates 42°02′39″N 96°36′49″W / 42.044272°N 96.613588°W / 42.044272; -96.613588Coordinates: 42°02′39″N 96°36′49″W / 42.044272°N 96.613588°W / 42.044272; -96.613588
Area less than one acre
Built 1903
Built by Standard Bridge Co.; Carnegie Steel Co.
Architectural style Pratt half-hip pony truss
MPS Highway Bridges in Nebraska MPS
NRHP reference # 92000743[1]
Added to NRHP June 29, 1992

The Rattlesnake Creek Bridge brings a Cuming County, Nebraska county road over Rattlesnake Creek, 2.8 miles northwest of Bancroft. It was built in 1903 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[1]

The road was gravel-surfaced in 1992.[2]

It is a steel Pratt half-hip pony truss bridge, and the oldest known example of this type designed by the Standard Bridge Company of Omaha and built throughout eastern Nebraska. The bridge is 92 feet (28 m) long in total, with a single span of 60 feet (18 m) and a roadway width of 15.7 feet (4.8 m).[3]

It was one of 60 new or rebuilt bridges in a bridge-building program started in 1903 by Cuming County. The Standard Bridge Company had an annual contract with Cuming, Wayne, Thurston, Stanton, Dodge and Burt counties and built hundreds of half-hip truss bridges during 1900-1920; this one is the oldest documented example.[2]


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