We have added two little-known stone culverts to our list of the stone arch bridges of Butler County which we first learned about through newspaper research.
While rubble masonry is considered the lowest class of stone work, it still can be used to make enduring structures and is peculiarly suited to DIY projects.
Squared-stone masonry is a method of building masonry to achieve a highly durable structure without resorting to the difficulty and labor required for ashlar.
Ashlar is the highest grade of stone work, and features extensive stone cutting and tight fitting joints. Ashlar work is difficult, but very durable due to the precision required.
The design of a stone bridge, which often reflects the era of its construction, determines how critical mortar condition is for long-term stability.
We are announcing some updates to our list of stone bridges of Butler County, Kansas. With a map, span length and a reference index, this resource is vastly improved.
A overview and some photos of the stone arch bridges of Butler County, Kansas from 1908 – 1918. Includes a map of the 50+ stone bridges built by the county proper.
Part of a series, included is a list, a map, some photos and a summery of the stone arch bridges built by Butler County, Kansas between 1904 and 1907.
By 1903, Butler County improved their stone arch bridge techniques. Included is a list of all stone arch bridges built by the county in this period and a map.
The first in a series listing the stone arch bridges built by Butler County, Kansas, during the stone arch bridge era. This post covers 1882 – 1898.