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 stillContinue reading “Rediscovering the Walz Ford Bridge”