Four little-known stone bridges in Kansas ranging from railroad stone slab bridges to a high and dry stone arch bridge still carrying the road.
Cowley County, Kansas set some state records for arch span and stone bridge size in the county’s stone arch bridge building days.
The Otter Creek Bridge in Greenwood County is a concrete and stone arch bridge on the NRHP. It was built to replace a previous stone bridge.
With over 200 stone arch bridges and culverts throughout the state, Kansas has a strong heritage in using the native stone to span its waterways.
There is a basic process involved in building a stone arch bridge based on the fact that the arch cannot stand until all the arch stones are in place.
The arch is unsurpassed as the most practical method of spanning gaps with stone, and its workings are surprisingly simple and intuitive.