We have compiled a list of the nearly 20 famous stone arch bridges of Cowley County, Kansas, with a picture, date and builder for each where possible.
There are several way to prevent scour, which is the worst enemy of stone arch bridges with shallow foundations as is common.
Some of the stone arch bridges of Cowley County, Kansas have elusive plaques, which tell an interesting story about the structure.
The amount of weight a stone arch bridge can handle is related to a variety of factors including span, arch thickness, condition and more.
A stone arch under construction requires temporary support until it is completed. This support, called the centering, must be strong and well planned.
We have released a detailed account of the unique history of Pudden Bridge, the famous triple-arch stone bridge near Dexter, Cowley County, Kansas.
Mutli-span stone arch bridges can be modestly challenging to build, but open up several possibilities for increasing waterway, if planned correctly.
While a distorted arch in a stone bridge is not always a problem, it often points to an underlying serious trouble elsewhere within the structure.
While Cowley County neither was the first nor the most prolific stone arch building region in Kansas, it’s famous for its massive stone arch bridges.
The fill material within a stone arch bridge not only provides a roadway for vehicles, but also can strengthen the bridge… or cause trouble.