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 requested another stone arch bridge for Russell, south and slightly… Continue reading Paradise Bridge: Its Completion, and the Role of Walter Sharp
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.
Not all of us can readily absorb military history without getting bogged down in the technicalities. Thankfully, Kansas Forts and Bases: Sentinels on the Prairie by Debra Goodrich Bisel and Michelle M. Martin is supremely readable, providing an era-by-era overview of Kansas forts as reflective of the broader picture of Kansas history overall.
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.
Do you love those picturesque stone arch bridges in Cowley County, Kansas? Do we know the website for you to visit! StoneArchBridges.com is a unique blend of history, physics, how-to, and photography. It offers well-researched information about bridges in Kansas (and other places, as well!) that can be extremely difficult to find anywhere else. Just… Continue reading Stone Arch Bridges
A monumental occasion in celebration of a monumental structure.