The beautiful Minos West Ford Bridge built by C. C. Jamison in southern Butler County, Kansas was considered a masterpiece even in its own time.
In 1913, C. C. Jamison built an affordable and durable double-arch stone bridge over Turkey Creek, Butler County, Kansas which is still in use today.
The second phase of the state of Kansas’s stone arch bridge era was marked by a slow but steady trend to concrete until the WPA days.
Using the state’s abundant native stone, Kansas built many stone arch bridges as an enduring and affordable means of bridging the streams.
The 1901 Polecat Creek Bridge is the only stone arch bridge on the NRHP in Butler County, Kansas, and its historic appearance is well maintained.
At the end of the unparalleled stone arch bridge and culvert campaign of Butler County, Kansas, hundreds of such structures had been built.
The success of Butler County, Kansas in building stone arch bridges influenced other counties across the state as well as builders like Walter Sharp.
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.
The stone masons and contractors who built stone arch bridges in an area, such as Kansas, usually had their own recognizable style of workmanship.