We have released a detailed account of the unique history of Pudden Bridge, the famous triple-arch stone bridge near Dexter, Cowley County, Kansas.
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 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 stone masons and contractors who built stone arch bridges in an area, such as Kansas, usually had their own recognizable style of workmanship.
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.
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.
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.