The first bridge across the Kansas River was built in 1867. Until a stone bridge was built in 1900, this structure went through numerous changes and expansions. During this time, a large recreation area entitled "Bismarck Garden" was located on the north bank which often had gatherings of thousands of people at a time.
With the river at record lows, a wealth of material emerged from the river bottom. Among the rust and rock encrusted items which I happened upon was the remains of a revolver apparently tossed about 20 feet into the river from the bridge.
Nearly 4 inches of rain over the last few days has submerged the site once again... Have a great weekend!