Bowstring Bridge

category : National Register
Bowstring Bridge Built in Cleveland, Ohio, the bowstring bridge was originally located across Rock Creek, north of Meridan, in 1875.

The 48-ft long, 14-ft wide bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1990. This will provide protection and funds for rehabilitation of the bridge and will assure that the bridge remains an example of a structure fabricated and sold by a prolific out-of-state bridge builder, and that it still stands as a monument to the early settlers in the state and their striving for economic progress. It is significant as a design of the time period, constructed by The King Bridge Manufactory which was important in Kansas for a short time. Although it has taken on many years of weathering, the nameplate is still fairly legible. It states that the bridge was built by the King Iron Bridge and Manufacturing Company under a patent issued on July 30, 1867.

The bridge was moved in the 1950's to southeast of Valley Falls. In 1975, it was moved to Old Jefferson Town. The bridge spans a small creek and provides a crossing to other points of interest at Old Jefferson Town.

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Address: Old Jefferson Town, Oskaloosa, KS
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Old Jefferson Town, Museum, and Research Library

Old Jefferson Town is a collection of nine restored and furnished vintage buildings from different locations around Jefferson County. They are preserved as a historic town of early day settlements. The town was named because of Jefferson County being referred to as Ol' Jefferson.

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Nincehelser House

William J. Nincehelser moved to Jefferson County from Ohio about 1880, married Minnie Wendorff, and moved into this house in Oskaloosa. Mr. Nincehelser had a livery stable on the square and operated a

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Wellman Schoolhouse

The school was built in 1887 on the homestead of Harrison W. Wellman, in the southeast part of Jefferson County. It is typical of the many one-room country schools that were located every few miles within the county and throughout the country. School Ditrict #70 was formed in 1871

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Winchester Jail

Built in 1909, this jail came from the town of Winchester, Kansas. Since it was not fireproof, it was never locked. It was a place for drunks and tramps to sleep. The jail was a meeting place for the city council, police court and voting.

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