Railroad Trestle Bridge Was Major Obstacle to Kansas Settlers

Surefooted horses helped Kansas settlers cross a railroad trestle bridge that obstructed passage to Kansas homestead.

| Good Old Days

When Canada proved too cold for my parents, they were determined to return to Goodland, Kansas, where they had lived previously. For the trip they bought a pair of western horses, small, strong and surefooted.

On the route they came to a long railroad trestle bridge which spanned a ravine. Only by crossing the railroad trestle bridge could they continue on the road.

Using ties which he found at the side of the tracks, my father began to lay them between the ties which supported the rails.

A man passing along the road suggested another arrangement. "Make a single line of ties," he said. "Then take your lead horse by the bridle and lead it down that line of ties. See what the other horse does when you start."

Papa made a long line of ties as the man advised. Then he unhitched the horses, and taking the bridle of one horse, he started to walk the trestle on that narrow row of ties. The horse put his nose between Papa's shoulders and followed; the second horse put his nose on the first one's rump, at the root of the tail, and they walked quietly across the trestle. The men pulled the wagon across.

Mrs. Nora Schesser
St. Petersburg, Florida

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