Hattenberg's People Transcript
July 1, 2007 I spent some time with a man who some call a genius. Gary Gackstatter, well-known in Cowley County for his work in Music andArtâ¦he is a man with passionâ¦heâ™s published a book which he illustratesand wrote about the old stone arch bridges of Cowley County. Gary is deep, thoughtful and loves those old bridges.
A day before the deluge of rain hit Cowley County â¡กใ he showed me why the old turn ofthe century arch bridges are so important.
[Music] âœWith all our technology we have today and how advanced we are, we canâ™t do anything like this. And it makes me wonder why?â
[Song] âœThere she isâ¦she carries me.
[Music] âœThis old bridgeâ¦â
(Larryâ™s note: Through his music and art, Garyâ™s view of a life gone by is focused in every stone of these bridges; there is this one over Badger Creekbuilt in 1910).
Then in 1913 the Silver Creek Bridge was erected stone by stone. The old Grouse Creek Bridge is another of his favoritesâ¦.all located in Cowley County. They represent another time, a slower time, and his pen and ink drawingsâ¦they whisper to himâ¦like these old bridgesâ¦