Saltillo Trail Bridge

Quadrangular Through Truss Bridge over Salt Creek
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska

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Name Saltillo Trail Bridge
Built By Omaha & Republican Valley Railroad
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Lancaster County
Length 305 Feet Total, 130 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track, 2 Trail Lanes
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Type Quadrangular Through Truss and I-Beam
Date Built 1884
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a Trail)
Current Status Rails to Trails
In 1876, the Omaha and Republican Valley Railroad was busy constructing new lines as settlers continued to move west into a new frontier.

They began construction of a new mainline, stretching from Valparasio, Nebraska to the Nebraska/Kansas state line near Marysville, Kansas.

In addition, another line would be constructed from Valley, Nebraska to Valparasio.

The railroad would allow connections between Fremont and Lincoln, as well as to Beatrice.

By 1898, the railroad became part of the Union Pacific Railroad, which owned many other lines in the area.

Union Pacific continued to operate this line as a branch line, although many of the connecting railroads would be abandoned.

By 2001, Union Pacific abandoned the portion south of Lincoln. It has been turned into the Jamaica North Trail and the Homestead Trail, which will eventually connect all the way to Marysville, Kansas.

The remaining portions are now part of the Lincoln Subdivision.

This beautiful Quadrangular Through Truss Bridge the highlight of the Homestead Trail, which will eventually connect Lincoln to Marysville, Kansas.

This bridge was built in 1884, likely replacing a wooden trestle.
In addition, the bridge was originally built with trestle approach spans. These were replaced with a I-Beam approach at some point, likely around 1950.

The bridge is a single riveted Quadrangular Through Truss. It is approached by those I-Beam Spans and is set onto concrete substructures.

The portal bracing is similar to the Union Pacific Bridge in Lincoln.
The Quadrangular Through Truss design is relatively rare around the country. However, it is rather common in the midwest; where the Rock Island and the Chicago & North Western swore by the design.
This design is an interesting adaption of the traditional Lassig design. It was likely designed for the Omaha & Republican Valley instead of coming from a common plan.
The photo above is an overview, looking north across the bridge. Unfortunately, the bridge is too treed in to be able to take any high quality pictures.

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