Stone arch bridges, like any other bridge, need to be designed with the properties of the stream they are to span kept in mind to ensure long life.
The thickness of an arch is determined by the arch’s type, span and masonry, with thicker arches generally being both forgiving and stronger.
While the stone for an arch bridge is generally reflective of local geology, different types of stone perform better in different parts of the bridge.
Making the wedge-shaped stones necessary to form an arch can be challenging, often prompting builders to utilize easier ways to “turn” stone arches.
Many cases the name(s) of a historic bridge reflect the bridge’s significance, its history, or local land owners past and present.
Many stone bridges were built with shallow foundations, often with various tricks added past and present to try to improve their stability.
Some background on early stone arch bridges and culverts in Cowley County, Kansas, which is famous for its stone arch bridges.
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.