This bridge's heavy construction (compared to typical pin-connected highway bridges) yet lightweight construction (compared to typical pin-connected railroad bridges) suggest that this is a very old railroad bridge that was relocated and reused at this location as a highway bridge. John Marvig suggests a history that matches these field observations, noting that the bridge was likely built 1888 to cross the Little Blue River west of Sibley, and relocated here in 1912. Marvig notes that the bridge is one of many Santa Fe bridges to be reused for road traffic.
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