Flint Hills Nature Trail Signature Bridges

Council Grove Bridge

This bridge is located just south of the Main Street Bridge and is adjacent to the Council Grove High School. The bridge will be connected to the Neosho Riverwalk on the east side in the near future, so views and to the bridge from the north are especially important. Its location in the center of a historic community that attracts many visitors requires this bridge to be immediately recognizable as it tells the story of Council Grove. Council Grove is also the northern end of the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway.

The concept for this bridge is expresses the covered freight wagons that gave Council Grove its name. Four canopies are created with circular “hoops” to form the main wagon shape. The railings are made out the form of wagon wheels, to tie in the transportation theme. The hoops of the canopy are ringed in red LED lights, with the intention of recalling the council rings and council fires that brought native people and traders together for a century.

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