UP Salt Creek Bridge (Lincoln)

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

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Name UP Salt Creek Bridge (Lincoln)
Built By Omaha & Republican Valley Railroad
Contractor Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 230 Feet Total, 100 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 20 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Quadrangular Through Truss and Trestle
Substructure Type Timber Pile
Date Built Ca. 1895
Traffic Count 5 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 55.60
Significance Moderate 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.

This beautiful Quadrangular Through Truss Bridge is one of two truss bridges over Salt Creek near the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus.
This bridge, and the Abandoned Bridge sit right behind the baseball fields for the college.
It is unknown when the bridge was built, although the author estimates it was constructed between 1890 and 1900.
However, it is also possible that the span was also relocated to the present location at an unknown time. It appears that the wooden substructures may indicate this bridge.
The area around this bridge was once filled with rail yards. This bridge allowed for Union Pacific trains to connect between yards.
The bridge is a single riveted Quadrangular Through Truss. It is approached by trestle and is set upon wooden substructures.
The portal bracing is similar to the Saltillo Bridge south of 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 built using a standardized Union Pacific design.

Unfortunately, the builders plaques for this bridge have been removed. The author has ranked this bridge as being moderately significant, due to the design.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Build Date Estimated based on similar bridges
Contractor Missing Lassig Bridge & Iron Company plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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