We now have a list of the numerous stone arch bridges and culverts of Butler County, Kansas, that we have included on our new Stone Arch Bridges of Butler County, Kansas page. While Butler County is not as famous for its stone arch bridges as Cowley County, Kansas, Butler County nevertheless has a large number of stone arch bridges and culverts on the roads (over 20).
The main difference between Cowley’s bridges and Butler’s bridges is size; Butler County bridges are typically oversized culverts, and are often 30′ or less in span. Cowley County, on the other hand, features many massive bridges, often with one or more spans on the order of 50′. Cowley also ended up setting the record for the largest stone bridge in Kansas, and also for the 1st and 2nd longest arch span in the state.
To be sure, Butler County has more stone arch bridges and culverts than Cowley does (and the evidence that perhaps even more exist than is listed here), yet Butler bridges tend to be less breathtaking than Cowley’s. That said, in Butler County, you will find many intriguing little stone arch bridges, still spanning waterways as they have been for over 100 years. And, of course, Butler County still does have a few larger bridges — the Rock Creek Overflow Bridge and the Hickory Creek Bridge both are 40′ spans.
This list represents our current knowledge, and will be updated as we learn more.