Stone (rock) Arch Opossum Creek
1930 Arch Bridge N4130
Photo taken by John Cross in June 2007
BH Photo #129766
No it's not being torn down and the pin on the map is on the wrong side of the highway. To get to the bridge you need to go west of Hwy. 169 about two or three miles.
This is a very interesting bridge. Has anybody been able to confirm the construction date of 1930? I would not be surprised if it was a couple decades older. It reminds me a little bit of some of the bridges built by Walter Sharp in the early 1900s. The Walter Sharp Bridge Company was very prolific in Kansas and according to what I have read build bridges in other neighboring states too. Given the fact that this bridge is only a couple miles south of the Kansas-Oklahoma State Line I wouldn't be shocked if it was built by Walter Sharp or somebody who studied under him. Of course this is pure speculation just based on appearance. The date 1930 is a bit intriguing. Stone arch bridges were fairly commonly built in Kansas (and perhaps Oklahoma) until about 1915. Then, there was a lull in stone arch bridge construction until the Depression era when stone became a popular choice for WPA projects and the stone arch saw a resurgence in popularity. Thus, there is about a 20 year gap in which you don't seem to find stone arch bridges in this region.
I hear they tearing down this bridge...such a shame. I used to travel this road a lot. I live elsewhere now. I hope this will be reconsidered!