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.
Masonry is rewarding undertaking. There is no “magic” behind building enduring structures, rather, stone masonry is easily learned with practice.
Here are several methods that have been developed to repair stone bridges that consistently extend the life and usefulness of the structure.
The Grant Bridge in Butler County, Kansas, is a scenic stone arch bridge in incredible condition, and is one of the last such bridges to be built by Butler County.
We have added another stone arch culvert to our Butler County, Kansas stone bridge list. This structure has been widened and is near Augusta.
American railroads built many premium quality stone arch bridges because well-built stone bridges last and can handle massive loads well.
Building an arch that is tapered by making the haunches thicker than the crown is a clever way to make a strong bridge without increasing the “hump.”
The 1912 Hill Bridge near Augusta, Butler County Kansas is large stone bridge with an interesting history. This bridge is scheduled for reconstruction.
The stones atop of a stone wall are fairly easily dislodged, especially for mortarless builds. Here are some ideas to help keep everything in place.
Though it has seen some damage, the stone Rock Creek Bridge near Latham in Butler County, Kansas by C. C. Jamison remains a favorite, scenic bridge.