UP Bridge #65.53

I-Beam Bridge over Drainage Ditch
Saltillo, Lancaster County, Nebraska

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Name UP Bridge #65.53
Built By Union Pacific Railroad
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Lancaster County
Length 80 Feet Total, 20 Foot Spans
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 5 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type I-Beam
Substructure Type Steel Pile
Date Built 1958
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a Trail)
Current Status Rails to Trails
UP Bridge Number 65.53
Significance Minimal Significance
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.

Utilizing a common design, this four span I-Beam bridge was a standardized pile bridge.
Built in 1958, the bridge likely replaced a wooden trestle. The bridge consists of four I-Beam spans, supported on steel piles.
Overall, the bridge remains in good condition and is currently a trail.

The author ranked this bridge as being minimally significant, due to the common design and newer age.
The photo above is an overview. The bridge can be accessed from the trail it carries.


Source Type


Build Date Union Pacific track chart
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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