Photo taken by Robert Elder in March 2007
That is a great story! It really illustrates how a bridge can add character to a region.
Always love to hear the fascinating stories involving historic bridges. I share some of the same sentiments of my earlier lifetime as well. Maybe you could scan and post your drawing of this span for us to see.
I loved this bridge. I remember Dad and Mom would make a special trip west of highway 75 just so I could go over this bridge as we made our way down to Burlington, Ks to visit my great-grandmother in the 1950's. This bridge was so special to me I did a 24 x 28 pen and ink drawing of it with the 1896 plate attached to the top of the bridge. I did this picture in the 1970's when it was still open to traffic. I lived in Wakarusa at the time. This bridge, among others, inspired me recently in the last 3 years to do now 13 bridges in pen and ink and ink and watercolor using a pointilism process. I now have bridges from Kansas, Oklahoma (where I live), Missouri, and Arkansas. And to think that thru truss, iron bridge on the Dragoon was my earliest inspiration. Along with standing on the Kansas Avenue Bridge at age 5 and feeling the rush of the '51 flood water about 2 feet under me. Thank you Bob Elder (and others too) who make it your goal to photograph all these wonderful bridges.