Dunkard Mill Bridge
The Dunkard Mill Bridge northeast of Arkansas City, Kansas was built with considerable local celebration, and became a prototype for many other stone arch bridges in Cowley County, Kansas, built as recently as the 1940s. Though the Dunkard Mill Bridge was destroyed by a flood in April 1944, many of these other stone arch bridges still exist and are open to traffic.
From Ebay where a ca. 1908 postcard, apparently from grand opening ceremonies, was for sale:
"Christian Harader, a Dunkard Minister, built the Dunkard Mill on the Walnut river in 1874, northeast of Arkansas City. He was a member of the Dunkard sect, which believed in a full beard for men. Harader was one of a sizable colony of the Order living in that vicinity.
"The second stone bridge Cowley County ordered was to be the largest stone arch bridge in Kansas. The Dunkard Mill Bridge was built over the Walnut River outside of Arkansas City. With three 50-foot-span arches, it was to be a monolithic structure. Later, due to the insufficient waterway of the original design, a fourth, smaller arch was added. The bridge stood for a few decades before being destroyed by a devastating flood in April of 1944."
- Lost Stone arch bridge over Walnut River on 272nd Road
- Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas
- Destroyed by flooding
- Built 1903; destroyed by flood April 1944
- - Walter Sharp Bridge Co.
- Stone arch
Length of largest span: 50.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +37.08522, -97.01213 (decimal degrees)
37°05'07" N, 97°00'44" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 14/676684/4106174 (zone/easting/northing)
- Inventory number
- BH 90712 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- September 26, 2020: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added with photo
- September 25, 2020: New photo from Roger Deschner