Hellroaring Creek Bridge, Pawnee County

This pin-connected pony span of unusually heavy construction, was built in 1918. Above and below are two thru views of this relatively heavy pony truss span.

Above, a close view of one of the trusses. The upper chords and endposts are unusually massive for a bridge this size. Below, a detail view. Note the use of 4 bars for the lower chord in the center panel.

Above, a final view of the structure. The unusual proportion of this bridge's construction naturally lead to speculation and questions. Was this bridge originally part of a much larger structure? Or, does its date of construction and massiveness reflect growing influence from state bridge standards?


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