Looking north. The bridge is now closed to traffic.
Photo taken by Aaron Hall in May 2013
License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)
BH Photo #254530
The historical integrity of this bridge is a great bonus. The demolished Ratner Road bridge a few miles downstream also had amazing historic integrity. I regret that my fellow Bridgehunters did not get to see it. I am glad that they can see this one though. Both of these bridges are/were very underrated due to their obscurity.
Great to see a concrete arch that actually has the beautiful Balustrade railings intact! If they aren't replaced with modern crap they are usually pilfered and vandalized!
This is really a fascinating bridge. The vertical members on this bridge are not truly vertical. I cannot recall seeing another bridge exactly like this one, but I have only evaluated a relatively small number of open spandrel bridges.
Visited this one this week - amazing - wow - prop. owner of N. Branch Wakarusa (old channel) Bridge told me of it - very worth searching out, epic craftsmanship
I got lost leaving Topeka and noticed this bridge hiding between the trees from the new road. I took the time to stop and take some photos. What a great piece of workmanship and location.
There is no street view of this bridge and the address is of the closet house. 10628 SW Wanamaker Rd, Wakarusa, KS 66546
But the Google maps GPS location is ... https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-95.7613335,74m/data...
I had the pleasure of first meeting the Dog there then the owner who stopped me from running away from the dog and was more than happy to share the history of the bridge with me as she was instrumental in saving this historical site.
Reading the background made it even better experience.
More pictures on line at http://phatrattcentralcolo.smugmug.com/KANSAS/Scenic-and-Nat...
Phat Ratt Photography
This bridge has been replaced, but will be preserved due to its status as a historic bridge.
The new Wanamaker Road Bridge was built on a new alignment. To visit the old bridge, I would recommend taking the new road from the North and then turning left onto the old alignment as shown in the first street view.
Note to Webmaster:
The photographs and other information on this page should be merged with this page http://bridgehunter.com/ks/shawnee/thomas/
These are duplicate listings.
I lived in a converted one room school house at the southeast end/side of this bridge over the Wakarusa River from 1951 through 1959. What a great area to live and grow up in. I played, fished and hunted my time away at the river and in the woods.
This is actually the same bridge as the Thomas Bridge (BH 18552), which is listed as a Stone Arch Bridge. I apologize for any confusion.