Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hodgeman County "Dare to do Dirt"

On Saturday April 4, 2009 I made a day trip to Hodgeman County and completed a 128 mile loop exploring the county.

After a lunch in Burdett in western Pawnee County at the Burdett Cafe on K-156, I entered Hodgeman County. First, I stopped at the stone arch bridge over Dry Creek northeast of Hanston, then travelled north to the historic Duncan's Ford crossing of the Pawnee River in the northeast part of the county.

I then explored the architecture in Hanston and Jetmore. Both towns have some historic limestone buildings. The courthouse square in Jetmore is very beautiful, as well as the Methodist church. I enjoyed the Sawlog Creek / Point of Rocks mural in downtown Jetmore.

Then I went north and west of Jetmore to the beautiful Stoecker bridge, a WPA double stone arch bridge over Cottonwood Creek. From there, I went west to see a concrete arch bridge over Hackberry Creek in the northwest corner of the county.

Travelling south again, I visited the remote Kidderville Cemetery, then stopped for a view of the construction of Horsethief Reservoir west of Jetmore.

Finally, I headed east across the southern part of the county, first stopping to take several photos of the Point of Rocks landmark, then on to the southeast corner to look at the limestone St Marys Church.

Finally, I left Hodgeman County, had supper at Romano's Pizza in Kinsley and headed home to Wichita.


Map of my route:

Stoecker Bridge story:

Hodgeman County Blue Skyways page:

My 2 photo galleries of Hodgeman County:

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