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Bridge over Wakarusa River
  • Margaret Evelyn Whittemore
    born: Topeka, Kansas, United States ; died: Sarasota, Florida, United States
  • Bridge over Wakarusa River, 1930s
  • Where object was made: Douglas County, Kansas, United States
  • color linocut
  • Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 8 x 10 in
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 203.2 x 254 mm
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0509.a
Label Text

Brown bridge with three arches spanning a river. Sky and water are both same blue color. Dark leafless trees and foliage line the bank in the foreground.

Spanning the Wakarusa River near Berryton is this triple-arched stone bridge, build in 1878 on the township line betwen Williamstown and Monmouth Townships. It is on the state road leading from Topeka to Quenemo and was one of the first bridges of this permanent type of architecture to be erected in Kansas.

Whittemore wrote, "each bridge built by our pioneering ancestors was an expression of their faith in the future of the state and the nation"

Print illustrated in Historic Kansas: a Centenary Sketchbook (1954. p.79) and Sketchbook of Kansas Landmarks (1936, p.112)