As far as the southeastern part of Kansas is concerned, Cowley County was definitely a latecomer in the stone arch bridge business. As early as 1877, Marion County was building stone arch bridges. 1877 also saw the construction of a stone arch bridge over the Cottonwood River in Florence. And when the town of MarionContinue reading “Dunkard Mill Bridge: How Cowley County Came to Build Stone Arch Bridges”
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”