The History of Pudden Bridge

The History of Pudden Bridge

Pudden Bridge is a truly impressive stone bridge in Dexter, Kansas, the last remaining triple-arch bridge in Cowley County. Although the structure itself is quite familiar to Cowley bridge enthusiasts, Pudden Bridge’s history is surprisingly little known.

“The History of Pudden Bridge” is an interesting article on the topic at It describes the construction of the bridge in great detail, drawing heavily from newspaper accounts of the day. The article also covers the more recent history of the bridge, from its addition to the National Register of Historic Places to more recent concerns about severe damage it has sustained in flooding. An appendix features photos new and old.

Another excellent, well-researched resource from the stone arch bridge expert!

By hsotr

Pulling from nearly 20 years of experience, Michelle Lindsey started Homestead on the Range to help Kansans and others around flyover country achieve an abundant country lifestyle. Michelle is the author of four country living books. She is also a serious student of history, specializing in Kansas, agriculture, and the American West. When not gardening or pursuing hobbies ranging from music to cooking to birdwatching, she can usually be found researching or writing about her many interests.