Larry and Barbara Richardson of rural Mulvane just returned from a trip to San Francisco where they were treated like royalty.
Their trip was paid for by donations raised by the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper after a columnist wrote about the foot bridge the Richardson's have in their backyard--it's a replica of the Golden Gate. Larry and his father built the 150 foot bridge that crosses the the Cowskin Creek several years ago. The Golden Gate captured Larry's fancy during his only previous trip to San Francisco in 1967 as he was shipping out to Vietnam.
The Richardsons were the toast of San Francisco which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
"We saw some sights we'll never forget and met some people we'll never forget," Larry says.
Barbara says, "They made us feel like we were royalty. You know I thought, wow!"
The Richardsons say even the reporters and camera crews were friendly. But they're happy to be back in Kansas now, enjoying their own bridge in the comfort of their own backyard.
The Richardsons welcome visitors who want to come and experience their bridge. You can call them at 316-777-1561 for more information.