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Near Valentine in Cherry County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Bryan Bridge

 
 
Bryan Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jeffrey A. Schimpff, September 7, 2009
1. Bryan Bridge Marker
Inscription. This arched cantilever truss bridge, connected in the center with a single pin, is the only one of its kind in the United States. It was built in 1932 by the Department of Public Works and named by the local citizenry in honor of Governor Charles Wayland Bryan. The bridge is 289 feet long, has a 24-foot roadway, and cost $55,564. It was designed by Josef Sorkin, who immigrated from Russia in 1923 and graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Engineering in 1929.

This particular design was chosen because it was aesthetically compatible with the surrounding environment of the Niobrara River Valley. The Bryan Bridge was selected as the “Most Beautiful Steel Bridge of 1932 in Class C” by the American Institute of Steel Construction, and was the first bridge between Wisconsin and the Pacific Coast to receive such an award.

In 1988 the bridge was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1995 it was designated as a State Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the Nebraska Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
Erected by Nebraska Department of Roads; Nebraska State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location.
Bryan Bridge over Niobrara River looking west (upstream) image. Click for full size.
By Jeffrey A. Schimpff, September 7, 2009
2. Bryan Bridge over Niobrara River looking west (upstream)
42° 49.897′ N, 100° 31.53′ W. Marker is near Valentine, Nebraska, in Cherry County. Marker is on U.S. 20 3 miles west of U.S. 83, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Valentine NE 69201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Niobrara (approx. 1.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The bridge is no longer in use for motor vehicle traffic. It is a short walk upstream along a path from the marker on U.S. 20, to the bridge site.
 
Regarding Bryan Bridge. The Niobrara River for many miles downstream of this bridge is a designated National Scenic River, and is a very popular recreation destination. The Niobrara is also the site of a Nature Conservancy ecological reserve, representing a relatively intact prairie river ecosystem.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Bridges of Nebraska - Cherry County. The US Federal Highway Administration page describing the historic bridges of Cherry County, Nebraska. (Submitted on December 22, 2013.) 
 
Additional keywords. National Register of Historic Places; State Historic Civil Engineering
Bryan Bridge east arch, looking northeast (downstream) image. Click for full size.
By Jeffrey A. Schimpff, September 7, 2009
3. Bryan Bridge east arch, looking northeast (downstream)
Landmark

 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Bryan Bridge center span looking northeast image. Click for full size.
By Jeffrey A. Schimpff, September 7, 2009
4. Bryan Bridge center span looking northeast
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2013, by Jeffrey A. Schimpff of Madison, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 7, 2013, by Jeffrey A. Schimpff of Madison, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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