Despite not feeling well this weekend I could not resist getting outside and enjoying the 50+ degree temperatures over the weekend (This morning I woke up to 15 degrees..Brrr). We managed to add about another 250 miles to the odometer as we wandered about. We stopped at the Calhoun hub of the Katy Trail State Park and ventured down the trail to find an beautiful old bridge dated 1926. The Katy Trail State Park consist of 240 miles on the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad corridor. I’ve walked a few of the trailheads and it has some beautiful scenery that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see.
Afterwards we made our way to Warsaw, Missouri and visited the suspension bridge. According to Warsaw history, this is the last of 15 swinging bridges that once spanned the Osage River. The original bridge was built in 1904, but was destroyed by a tornado in 1924 and had to be rebuilt in 1928. In 2007 the bridge was restored. Another interesting fact was that the original engineer, Joseph A. Dice, was self taught, never finished 4th grade or used any blueprints on any of the original 31 suspension bridges. Wow.
I will have to admit that I did not walk the entire bridge because I am not a fan of being able to feel the bridge move along with you.
If you decide to visit Warsaw, I would definitely encourage you to visit their downtown. They have some great shops to visit. We visited on a Sunday during the winter season so they weren’t very busy, but during the summer season it’s a different story. Before you head out of town be sure to visit Middle Bridge Antiques!
As always, get out there and have fun!