The spandrel walls hold the fill of a stone arch bridge, and need to be correctly engineered to do so without gradually bulging and failing.
The double arch Andes Bridge in Cowley County, Kansas, is a beautiful structure in a scenic area with several local historical associations.
The Esch’s Spur Bridge (Pudden Bridge) in Cowley County, Kansas, is a unique and famous triple arch stone bridge spanning Grouse Creek near Dexter.
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.
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.
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.