This former railroad bridge converted to highway use is one of the most significant railroad bridges in the state, containing two rare truss types in a single bridge! These two types are the Pegram truss and the triple intersection Warren (lattice) truss. Most lattice trusses in America are quadruple intersection.
A Cambria brand was found on an eyebar of this bridge. Steel mill names are rarely found on eyebars.
John Marvig provided the following comments:
Similar to Lindsborg, the [lattice truss] spans likely do not date to 1893. With the timber piers, I strongly suspect that this bridge was moved to this location, although I have not been able to confirm any build dates. I reached out to the Cloud County Roads Department this morning, and we will see if I hear back. I suspect this may be related to the Minneapolis span, as the length of the Pegram on this bridge matches the second Pegram span at Columbus, Nebraska. A December 1913 article states "The Union Pacific is erecting a new four span bridge over the Republican river, four miles east of this city .This bridge will be constructed of steel, with concrete piers and abutments, at a cost of approximately $18,000. This is the second modern bridge to be erected this year, on the Junction City branch. We may hope for a real main line railroad through Concordia at some future date". Obviously this bridge doesn't have concrete piers or four spans, but the branch and location are accurately described.
John also contacted the county who indicated that the bridge was indeed moved from an unknown location in Wyoming.
Reportedly as of 2022, this bridge will be bypassed and left standing. https://www.bladeempire.com/news/cloud-county-awarded-funds-replace-historic-bridge
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