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Maker of the miniature Golden Gate Bridge, from Mulvane, Kansas, tours San Francisco
Larry and Barbara Richardson, from Mulvane, Kansas, have had a great time while they have been in San Francisco!
He's the Kansan who built the miniature Golden Gate Bridge in Mulvane, Kansas.
When people learned of his accomplishments - it took 11 years to complete after his return from Vietnam - they sent in money voluntarily so that he and his wife could come to San Francisco for the first time in their lives.
They were given a hotel room free of charge, they had a free flight, free food, a trip around the Bay among many other things -- it's been amazing. People have taken to the miniature Golden Gate Bridge once they have learned of it. I featured his work on my blog during the Golden Gate Bridge's Anniversary on May 27, 2012.
I talked with them on the phone Wednesday evening, before they went back on Thursday. While they were at the bridge, they were given three pints of the paint used for the Golden Gate Bridge, so that they could apply it to their bridge when they got back. They said they had had a wonderful time while they were here.
Meanwhile, here are two articles by C.W. Nevius in today's San Francisco Chronicle.
Plus, they have already been on television in the Bay Area.
I thought I should also include a few paragraphs about Mulvane, Kansas, for those who don't know where it is. It's a small town, located on the county line between Sumner and Sedgwick counties, five miles west of the corner of Sumner, Sedgwick, Butler and Cowley counties.
Originally, it was founded in 1879. Its original Certificate of Incorporation was filed as "The Mulvane Town Company." People selected the name Mulvane because Joab Mulvane, of Topeka, Kansas, had been inspirational in founding and developing the city. As the city website indicates, Mulvane is the "City of the Valley," and during the first years it was the railroad that was Mulvane's main source of revenue.
It has a historical museum, a library, schools through High School, and a Cowley County Community College Satellite - very impressive for a small town, but also typical of a lot of small Kansas towns, which is not true in many other states.
The library has a wonderful web page:
And here it is:
Thanks to all the people who made this possible, including Jon Handiery, owner of the Handiery Union Square Hotel in San Francisco, C.W. Nevius of the San Francisco Chronicle, and all the wonderful guest contributors.
If the Richardsons or residents of Mulvane want to send pictures to be included in a future blog, please let me know so I can include them!
I would hope that we could see the city of Mulvane and the miniature Golden Gate Bridge in its new colors soon, and also photographed in all the seasons of the year.