Clements Stone Arch Bridge

I hope all of you had a great restful weekend.

We had company this weekend, a close friend of mine made her semi-annual visit from Missouri. Glenda arrived Friday night and we had a great few days together. We grilled steaks Friday evening, took a day trip down to the Flint Hills Saturday where we visited Cottonwood Falls, ate lunch at the Emma Chase cafe, visited the Clement’s Stone Arch Bridge, and then stopped by 3 old stone schoolhouses on the way home. Sunday we went to church, and then Sunday evening we got together with some friends for some more grilled steaks and some fierce domino playing. Yesterday morning, Glenda headed back home, and then I went out to help Harland with some fence repair. The rest of the day was spent watering my flower beds (we haven’t had rain for a month), and doing some weeding.

I took a few pics over the weekend, among them pics of the stone arch bridge I mentioned above.

It was built in 1886, and was used until a new bridge was built(in the 1980s?) further up the Cottonwood river  in Chase county.

Glenda takes a break while Harland peeks over the side of the bridge.

The Cottonwood river

I looked up the application for the National Register of Historic Places to learn more about it. It was built of native limestone from local quarries. It is a 2 arch bridge rising 40 feet above the river. The cost to build it was $12,000, which was a hefty sum in 1886.

Harland and I walked down through the brush to get to the river’s edge for a better view.

Harland contemplates how many ticks we'll collect before we wade through the brush.

Beneath the bridge

This was the first time we’ve ever trekked down under the bridge so we were suprised by just how large it is. Look how small Harland looks there in the lower right corner of the pic above.

In the pic below, you can still see the chisel marks in the stone.

Unfortunately, the bridge is in disrepair. Last year part of the railing and riverbank on the south end of the bridge was washed away in a flood. The bridge is owned by the county, but doesn’t have the resources for its upkeep.

If you would like to learn more about the building of the bridge, you can read the National Register application by clicking HERE.

If you are interested in visiting the bridge, click HERE for a map. (Fourteen miles west of Strong City on US-50 to Clements, then 1-1/2 miles South)

Have a great day all!