Soden's Dam Falls and Marsh arch (rainbow) bridge - Emporia, Kansas
Soden's Dam Falls in Emporia, Kansas is formed by the Cottonwood River falling over the old Soden's mill dam on the south side of town. From Highway 99 it is almost perfectly framed by a 1923 Marsh arch Bridge. The dam was built in 1858 by William T. Soden who also built a mill and furniture factory. The large two story mill opened in 1860. It burned in the 1830s.
Soden's Grove Bridge is a 126' reinforced concrete rainbow arch bridge with a 32' approach deck which spans the mill race from the former mill race. It was constructed by the Western Bridge Company, which underbid the famous F. E. Marsh Construction Company. The bridge was built on piers which had supported a previous bridge since the 1890s. After the realignment of K-99 and the construction of a modern bridge in 1986, Soden's Grove Bridge was closed to motor vehicle traffic, but it is still open to bicycles and pedestrians.
The adjacent Soden's Grove Park leads to the All Veterans Memorial and the small, free David Traylor Zoo. Together the three small attractions are good for a one to two hour visit.
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