Valparaiso Trail Bridge

Pratt Through Truss over North Oak Creek
Valparaiso, Saunders County, Nebraska

Click the Photo Above to See All Photos of This Bridge!
Name Valparaiso Trail Bridge
Built By Union Pacific Railroad
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Saunders County
Length 147 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 20 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Pratt Through Truss
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1908
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a Trail)
Current Status Rails to Trails
UP Bridge Number 0.54
Significance Moderate Significance
In 1877, the Omaha & Republican Valley Railroad Company began construction on a line connecting Valparaiso, Nebraska to Stromsburg, Nebraska.
By the end of 1877, the route was completed to David City, and by 1879 it would reach Stromsburg.
The Omaha & Republican Valley Railroad became a part of the Union Pacific in 1898.

Union Pacific operated this line as a branch line, connecting Omaha to Stromsburg. In 1906, the line would be built to Central City.
The railroad remained largely unchanged for many years, until 1993, when the route was abandoned.
Nebraska Central Railroad became owner of the route between Brainard and Central City, while the segment from Brainard to Valparaiso was abandoned.
Today, the Nebraska Central operates portions of this route as the Stromsburg Branch, while the Brainard-Valparaiso segment has been converted to a trail.

Sitting just west of Valparaiso is this large truss bridge.
Built in 1908 to replace an older bridge destroyed in flooding, this large Pratt Through Truss structure spans North Oak Creek.
Consisting of a main 7-panel pin connected Pratt Through Truss, the bridge sits on concrete abutments, which were likely rebuilt during the 1940s or later.
The bridge is also a standard Union Pacific design, specifically between 1890 and 1910.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in good condition. Currently, it carries a trail.

The author has ranked this bridge as being moderately significant, due to the truss design.
The photo above is looking east across the bridge. The bridge is easily accessed from nearby roads.


Source Type


Build Date Based on washout of previous bridge
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

Widget is loading comments...

© Copyright 2010- John Marvig and Contributors. All Rights Reserved