Mr. Saum began laying stone for Paradise Bridge in the spring of 1901. As was typical in Kansas for such structures, the stone was quarried not far from the bridge — a couple of miles away, in this instance. Construction Already in April, a petition was being circulated asking for another stone arch bridge to […]
Paradise Bridge was something of an experiment to determine if stone arch bridges were suitable for Russell County or not.
The success of Dunkard Mill Bridge and its withstanding of later severe floods sealed the stone bridge matter, as far as Cowley County was concerned.
In 1901, Cowley County entered the bridge-building picture, eventually eclipsing all the other Kansas counties in their daring stone arch bridge projects.
A monumental occasion in celebration of a monumental structure.
A simple shape defied gravity in the days before modern machinery.
How the stone arch proved superior to wooden designs, and the role of Walter Sharp in bridge promotion.
Butler County, Kansas, has had many stone arch bridges built over the years, about 20 of which still remain on the road system. These bridges were important to the progress of the county and represent an era when good roads were considered important for the establishment of trade. Many of these stone bridges are still […]