While stone arch culverts remain either rare or largely undiscovered in Butler County, Kansas, Higdon and Poe’s little stone arch culvert still stands over the Whitewater River.
Whether you visit the more famous structures in Cowley County or the less familiar bridges of Butler County, Kansas, you’ll be amazed at what you discover.
Paradise Bridge, though expensive, served its purpose. It proved to Russell that well-built stone arch bridges could last much longer than steel bridges.
Paradise Bridge was something of an experiment to determine if stone arch bridges were suitable for Russell County or not.
There are many beautiful and interesting sights to see in Kansas. But there are also quite a few sights that are best classified as strange.
There’s so much to learn about Kansas, including history, nature, architecture, and more. Where to start?
Although the structure itself is quite familiar to Cowley bridge enthusiasts, Pudden Bridge’s history is surprisingly little known.
Kansas Forts and Bases by Debra Goodrich Bisel and Michelle M. Martin provides an era-by-era overview of Kansas forts as reflective of the broader picture of Kansas history.
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.