Kansas December 30, 2018
9 Amazing Bridges In Kansas You’ll Want To Cross At Least Once
There’s plenty of bridges across Kansas where you can find historic pieces of art still standing, as well as more modern constructions that change landscapes. There’s something enticing about bridges, whether you see them from afar or you cross them all the time. Crossing old bridges and crossing them off of your bucket list is always a fun time. All of these bridges in Kansas are here for the crossing.
1. Elk Falls iron bridge
Though you used to be able to drive on this bridge, but today only pedestrians are allowed. It's a wonderful way to overlook the falls itself, anytime it's rained recently. Make sure to explore the town while you're here!
2. Rice Stone Arch bridge
This bridge in Concordia is a piece of history that's bound to last for many years to come. Vehicles passed over this bridge until 1950, and it was last restored in 1990. There are remains of steps leading down to where a tree used to stand, but they have fallen to disrepair recently.
3. 1886 Clements stone arch bridge
Though it wasn't finished until 1888, this bridge hidden behind trees is a little hard to find, but well worth the foot travel. It is a lot larger in person as well, so make sure you're prepared to spend more than a couple minutes here.
4. Creamery Bridge
Osawatomie is home to this creamery bridge where you can see over the Marais des Cygnes. It's especially beautiful in the wintertime when snow covers everywhere you see.
5. Asylum Bridge
Also in Osawatomie, this bridge was known as the Asylum bridge because it took you to the mental hospital back when it was still used. It hasn't seen vehicle traffic since the 1970s, and the design is one of the most unique we've ever seen.
6. Rainbow Bridge
Have you ever been over the bridge in Galena, where Route 66 used to run? It's a great place for photos, and a piece of history that might not be here forever.
7. Samson of the Cimarron
This ginormous bridge near Liberal is 1269 feet long, and 113 feet above the riverbed. It truly is gigantic, and even though you can't actually cross it, it's something to visit.
8. Keeper of the Plains
The two bridges leading towards the Keeper in Wichita, where pedestrians can explore both bridges over the water and the central area where the Keeper stands. They even light bonfires every night on the water, which makes bridge a little cooler than your average walkway.
9. Valkommen Trail
If you couldn't tell, this bridge on the Valkommen Trail is in Lindsborg, Kansas. The bridge is beautiful and sometimes lit for the holidays, if you're looking for a new place to hike.