Bridge over Time

By Vince Hancock
Ellsworth County I-R

One of Ellsworth County’s last remnants of New Deal infrastructure is being torn down to make room for a stronger successor.

The current Black Wolf bridge, completed in 1939, was built to replace an even earlier one wiped out by flooding in the early summer of 1938. After several consecutive days of heavy rain, the Smoky Hill River rose well beyond its old record of 25 feet, marooning at least one family. Along with the Black Wolf bridge, the Dlabal bridge, southeast of Wilson, and two others southeast of Kanopolis were also destroyed.

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