Abandoned Cameron Ditch Bridge

Concrete Arch Bridge over Cameron Ditch
Blair, Washington County, Nebraska

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Name Abandoned Cameron Ditch Bridge
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Cleary-White Construction Company of Chicago
Currently Owned By Private Owner
Length 16 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Concrete Arch
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1914
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a Private Road)
Current Status Open to Private Traffic
C&NW Bridge Number R-220
Significance Local Significance
In 1870, the Omaha and Northwestern Railroad began building a new line from Omaha, Nebraska to Tekamah, Nebraska. The line would be complete by 1876.

In 1879, the railroad was acquired by the Omaha and Northern Nebraska Railway, who built 15 miles further north to Oakland.

The following year, the Sioux City and Nebraska Railroad would build 50 more miles to Sioux City, from Oakland.

The railroad would be consolidated entirely as the Sioux City and Nebraska Railroad. By 1883, the railroad became part of the Chicago, St. Paul Minneapolis & Omaha Railway.
The Omaha Road has tracks stretching through Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. This southern connection created a continuous mainline.

The Omaha Road was also leased by the Chicago & North Western, which continued until 1957.

The road was a branch line, connecting Sioux City to Omaha. There was another parallel, and straighter mainline in Iowa.
By 1972, the Omaha Road ceased to exist. The Chicago & North Western took full ownership of this line.

The entire line was abandoned in 1981. A short segment in Blair was rebuilt in 1998.

Today, there are few remains of this line.

This beautiful concrete arch bridge crosses Cameron Ditch on private land, and must be accessed with permission.
Built as a simple concrete arch, the bridge contains a heavily built main arch, and large reinforced wing walls.
It also appears to be in immaculate condition. Normally, arches would have significant scour on the base. However, this arch does not appear to have any.
A metal plate signifies the builder of this structure.
A special thank you to Jensen Lawn Solutions for allowing me to access this bridge is due. In addition, the manager at Jensen was very friendly and enjoys the structure.
It is open to private traffic for this company. Jensen Lawn Solutions currently owns the bridge.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview. The bridge must be accessed with permission.


Source Type


Build Date Cleary White Construction Company plaque
Contractor Cleary White Construction Company plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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