Cottonwood Falls in Chase County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Cottonwood River Bridges at Cottonwood Falls
The first major bridge at Cottonwood Falls was a 150 foot long iron truss bridge constructed in 1872. The iron bridge was just west of the present arch bridge.
The present bridge was constructed in 1914 by the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company of Leavenworth, Kansas for $13,700. The bridge is one of three reinforced masonry, earth filled arch bridges still standing in Kansas, that are based on design principles developed and patented by Daniel B. Luten, a consulting engineer from LaFayette, Indiana. Luten-style bridges were usually of graceful proportions, trimmed in cut stone with ornate rails, spindles and handsome lights.
A 1915 photo shows the arch bridge and the iron bridge with a horse drawn trolley in the foreground. The trolley operated on railroad tracks within the brick surface of the road between Cottonwood Falls and Strong City between 1886 and 1919.
This bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and on the Register of Historic Kansas Places.
Location. 38° 22.516′ N, 96° 32.461′ W. Marker is in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, in Chase County. Click for map. Marker is at the north end of the Cottonwood River Bridge, about 400 feet northeast of the intersection of Broadway and Mill Street. Marker is in this post office area: Cottonwood Falls KS 66845, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cottonwood River Dam (here, next to this marker); Chase County and the City of Cottonwood Falls (here, next to this marker); Bates Grove and the Area Adjacent to the Cottonwood River Dam (here, next to this marker); Connecting the Chase County Community (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oldest Operating Courthouse in Kansas (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chase County War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Landmark of Distinction (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chase County All Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cottonwood Falls.
Also see . . .
1. Cottonwood River Bridge National Register Nomination.
2. Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.
3. Cottonwood Falls Bridge.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Man-Made Features •
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