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Nebraska City Bridge, Spanning Missouri River near Highway 2 between Neb, Nebraska City, Otoe County, NE



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Location
Spanning Missouri River near Highway 2 between Neb, Nebraska City vicinity, NE

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER NE-2
Building/structure dates: 1887 initial construction
Report also released under the alternate title, "Behemoths: The Great River Bridges of George S. Morison"

Part of building/structure is in Riverton vicinity, Fremont County, IA.
Significance: With his long-span railroad bridges over the navigable Midwestern rivers, civil engineer George S. Morison (1842-1903) was instrumental in the development of the steel bridge industry in the 1880s and 1890s. The first to standardize bridge design for the Missouri River, he facilitated the American railroad expansion and was distinguished as one of the country's most prolific and influential bridge engineers. The Nebraska City Bridge is the oldest remaining of Morison's great river bridges and the oldest remaining major all-steel railroad truss in America.

Subjects
Railroad Bridges
Railroad Industry
Steel Truss Bridges


Related Names
Morison, George S.
Corthell, E. L.
Crosby, B. L.
Union Bridge Company
Baird Brothers
T. Saulpaugh & Company
Fraser, Clayton B., Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. OVERALL VIEW OF BRIDGE AND MISSOURI RIVER; VIEW TO NORTHWEST
2. OVERALL VIEW OF BRIDGE, WAUBONSIE HIGHWAY BRIDGE (1930), AND MISSOURI RIVER; VIEW TO NORTHEAST
3. OVERALL VIEW OF BRIDGE, WAUBONSIE HIGHWAY BRIDGE, AND MISSOURI RIVER; VIEW TO NORTH
4. SOUTHWEST PORTAL AND SOUTHEAST WEB OF THROUGH TRUSSES; VIEW TO NORTHEAST
5. SOUTHWEST PORTAL AND SOUTHWEST WEB OT THROUGH TRUSSES, SHOWING TOP CHORD DETAILS; VIEW TO NORTHEAST
6. NORTHWEST WEB OF DECK TRUSS AND THROUGH TRUSSES; VIEW TO SOUTHWEST
7. NORTHWEST WEB OF DECK TRUSS; VIEW TO SOUTHWEST
8. NORTHWEST WEB AND FLOOR STRUCTURE OF THROUGH TRUSSES; VIEW TO SOUTHWEST
9. SOUTHEAST WEB OF THROUGH TRUSSES; VIEW TO NORTHWEST
10. SOUTHEAST WEB AND FLOOR STRUCTURE OF THROUGH TRUSSES; VIEW TO NORTHWEST
11. SOUTHEAST WEB AND FLOOR STRUCTURE OF THROUGH TRUSSES; VIEW TO NORTHEAST
12. SOUTHEAST WEB OF MIDDLE TRUSS; VIEW TO NORTHWEST
13. NORTHWEST WEB OF THROUGH TRUSSES; VIEW TO NORTHEAST
14. SOUTHEAST WEB OF THROUGH TRUSSES, WITH GRAIN BARGE IN FOREGROUND; VIEW TO NORTHWEST
15. SOUTHEAST WEB AND FLOOR STRUCTURE OF THROUGH SPANS; VIEW TO NORTH
16. NORTHWEST WEB OF DECK TRUSS; VIEW TO SOUTHEAST
17. NORTHWEST WEB OF DECK TRUSS; VIEW TO NORTHEAST
18. SOUTHWEST (NEBRASKA) PORTAL; VIEW TO NORTHEAST
19. NORTHEAST (IOWA) PORTAL; VIEW TO SOUTHWEST
20. DECK/VERTICAL/DIAGONAL/UPPER STRUT DETAIL; VIEW TO SOUTHWEST
21. PIER NO. III DETAIL; VIEW TO NORTHWEST
22. PIER NO. IV DETAIL, WITH DETAIL OF SOUTHWEST PORTAL AND SOUTHEAST WEB OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO NORTH
23. SOUTHEAST WEB AND FLOOR STRUCTURE DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO NORTH
24. LOWER CHORD/FLOOR STRUCTURE DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO NORTH
25. LOWER CHORD/FLOOR STRUCTURE DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO WEST
26. LOWER CHORD/FLOOR STRUCTURE DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO NORTHWEST
27. PORTAL BRACING DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS, SHOWING NAME AND DATE PLATES; VIEW TO NORTHEAST
28. LOWER CHORD/FLOOR BEAM/VERTICAL DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO EAST
29. LOWER CHORD/FLOOR BEAM/VERTICAL DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO EAST
30. LOWER CHORD/FLOOR BEAM/VERTICAL DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO EAST
31. LOWER CHORD/FLOOR BEAM/VERTICAL DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO SOUTH
32. LOWER CHORD/FLOOR BEAM/VERTICAL DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO SOUTH
33. BEARING SHOE/END POST DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO SOUTHWEST
34. LOWER CHORD/VERTICAL DETAIL OF DECK TRUSS; VIEW TO SOUTH
35. BEARING SHOE/END POST/TRESTLE BENT DETAIL OF DECK TRUSS; VIEW TO SOUTH
36. DIAGONAL/VERTICAL DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO EAST
37. DIAGONAL/VERTICAL DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO EAST
38. UPPER CHORD/PORTAL BRACING/END POST DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO SOUTH
39. UPPER CHORD/VERTICAL/STRUT/SWAY BRACING DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS; VIEW TO SOUTH
40. DECK GIRDER APPROACH SPAN ON NORTHEAST END OF BRIDGE; VIEW TO NORTHWEST
41. Photocopy of historic photograph, original negative in the possession of John R. Morison, Peterborough, New Hampshire. Photographer unknown, 12 May 1988. CONSTUCTION OF ABUTMENT 'A' ON NEBRASKA SHORE
42. Photocopy of historic photograph, original negative in the possession of John R. Morison, Peterborough, New Hampshire. Photographer unknown, 21 May 1888, 3:30 p.m. ERECTION OF EASTERN THROUGH TRUSS AND DECK TRUSS, SHOWING TRAVELERS
43. Photocopy of historic photograph, original negative in the possession of John R. Morison, Peterborough, New Hampshire. Photographer unknown, 8 June 1988, 5:00 p.m. ERECTION OF DECK TRUSS, SHOWING TRAVELER
44. Photocopy of historic photograph, original negative in the possession of John R. Morison, Peterborough, New Hampshire. Photographer unknown, 8 June 1888, 5:00 p.m. ERECTION OF DECK TRUSS, SHOWING TRAVELER
45. Photocopy of historic photograph, original negative in the possession of John R. Morison, Peterborough, New Hampshire. Photographer unknown, circa June-July, 1888. ERECTION OF TRESTLE ON EAST APPROACH
46. Photocopy of historic photograph, original negative in the possession of John R. Morison, Peterborough, New Hampshire. Photographer unknown, 22 August 1888. TRAIN CROSSING BRIDGE, SHOWING SOUTH WEB OF TRUSSES
47. Photocopy of historic photograph, from George S. Morison's The Nebraska City Bridge, 1892. Photographer unknown, circa 1888. SOUTH WEB OF BRIDGE
48. Photocopy from from George S. Morison's The Nebraska City Bridge, 1892. SITE PLAN OF BRIDGE
49. Photocopy from George S. Morison's The Nebraska City Bridge, 1892. GENERAL ELEVATION, PLAN, PROFILE, AND ALIGNMENT OF BRIDGE
50. Photocopy from George S. Morison's The Nebraska City Bridge, 1892. PARTIAL WEB ELEVATION AND PLAN OF THROUGH TRUSS
51. Photocopy from George S. Morison's The Nebraska City Bridge, 1892. PARTIAL WEB ELEVATION AND PLAN OF DECK TRUSS
52. Photocopy from George S. Morison's The Nebraska City Bridge, 1892. END AND SIDE ELEVATIONS OF MASONRY PIER II
53. Photocopy from George S. Morison's The Nebraska City Bridge, 1892. END POST/BEARING SHOE DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS
54. Photocopy from George S. Morison's The Nebraska City Bridge, 1892. END POST/BEARING SHOE DETAIL OF DECK TRUSS
55. Photocopy from George S. Morison's The Nebraska City Bridge, 1892. END POST/TOP CHORD DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS
56. Photocopy from George S. Morison's The Nebraska City Bridge, 1892. END POST/TOP CHORD DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS
57. Photocopy from George S. Morison's The Nebraska City Bridge, 1892. TOP CHORD/VERTICAL DETAIL OF DECK TRUSS
58. Photocopy from George S. Morison's The Nebraska City Bridge, 1892. BOTTOM CHORD/VERTICAL/FLOOR BEAM DETAIL OF THROUGH TRUSS
59. Photocopy from George S. Morison's The Nebraska City Bridge, 1892. BOTTOM CHORD/VERTICAL DETAIL OF DECK TRUSS


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