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October 7, 1999


Chicken Creek Bridge may not actually be over Chicken Creek, but it will be preserved with $134,000 in federal money.

The Douglas County Commission voted Wednesday to approve an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation to preserve the 1913 stone bridge.

Douglas County will kick in about $34,000 for the project, which will include a small park and a bypass of the bridge on East 850 Road just east of Lone Star Lake.

The bridge was nearly demolished by the county in 1989, but a group of preservationists rallied to save it. It since has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Throughout the controversy and the application for the federal grant money, the project has been called Chicken Creek Bridge.

But on Wednesday, Commission Chairman Dean Nieder said the bridge actually spans Burton Branch creek.

Nieder, who lives in the area, said the creek was named for a family that used to live nearby.

Chicken creek is actually to the east, Nieder said.

-- Kendrick Blackwood's phone message number is 832-7221. His e-mail address is

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