Combination Bridge Company Photographs (KC200)
The Combination Bridge was constructed across the Missouri River at Sioux City, Iowa, between 1890 and 1895. It was a iron railroad bridge with two draw spans, one on the Iowa side and the other on the Nebraska side, which pivoted open to allow passage of boat traffic on the river. On January 6, 1896, the first horse and buggy crossed the structure and the bridge officially opened. The designer and chief engineer for the construction was the nationally recognized J.A.L. Waddell of Kansas City, Missouri, and the resident engineer was Lee Treadwell.
The 94 sepia albumin prints, document the progress in the construction of the Combination Bridge and include specific information about working conditions and special engineering techniques employed in the building of the bridge. Also recorded is the appearance of the area surrounding the bridge, including several pictures of Sioux City, Iowa. 1890-1896
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