Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Bridge to Nowhere?

There's really no such thing as a bridge to nowhere as every bridge has to go somewhere. The only exception might be an abandoned bridge which no longer goes anywhere. A prime example might be the old Deep Fork River bridge on US 266 east of Dewar, Oklahoma. Built in 1933, this bridge was replaced in 2005 by a bridge on a new alignment and the approaches removed. So, technically, you could call this a bridge to nowhere.

You can see photos of this bridge and other bridges on my Flickr pages.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Photo Update

I have uploaded another batch of photos to my Flickr pages this evening bringing my total number of photos to 1903 (for those of you who like to keep count ;)).

Today's upload is mostly scans of old photos from circa 2000-2002 including an old 2-digit style sign for US 64B near Wynne, Arkansas. There's also a nice shot of a tunnel along US 82 near Cloudcroft, NM. I am slowly reaching my goal of 2300 photos before December 31st (maybe more if I'm lucky). That's only 400 more photos: I take that many on a single SCA weekend (not that they're all usable).

I still want to go back to Lawton, Oklahoma and replace the photos I lost back in September, plus chase down a couple more bridges. I also need to make plans for the weekend of November 2nd: maybe an overnight trip to grab some photos.


So much to see, so little time. Eventually, I want to go back to Kansas City and look for some more bridges plus follow US 71 into Iowa north of Interstate 80. I also want to explore US 65 again in southern Arkansas and in Louisiana, possibly parts of old US 80 as well.

If I thought I had better than a snowball's chance in H*LL, I'd buy a couple lottery tickets and use my winnings to go exploring the open road. Maybe someday.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Bridges of Calico Rock

A couple weeks ago, I visited Calico Rock, AR on my way home from an SCA event. It was an hour out of my way, but I figured it was a good place to look for bridges and other goodies worthy of photographing. Well, I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I was very pleased having found 4 bridges within a mile of each other. The first one was the Calico Creek bridge on AR 56 built in 1941.
OK, I'm off to a good start, I thought. Then I found this old 1908 Pony Truss along Walnut St, also over Calico Creek.
But wait: there's more! I also found this old wooden bridge on the Missouri-North Arkansas Railroad over Peppersauce Alley & Railroad St near the White River.
That's 3 bridges in the space of less than a mile. I was about to head out when I spotted something out of the corner of my eye. It looked like an abandoned rairoad spur. Upon closer examination I discovered it was an abandoned railroad bridge.

I couldn't find much info on the bridge, but what I found seems to indicate it was built circa 1902 and was a spur to a local planing plant (also now abandoned).

I spent at least another 30 minutes exploring the area, but couldn't find any more bridges save the White River Bridge along AR 5, so I headed pointed myself north and headed towards home. Then, when I reached the town of Norfork, I found yet another bridge: a multi-truss railroad bridge over the North Fork of the White River. Built circa 1909, this bridge currently serves the Missouri-North Arkansas Railroad.

Definitely a good day to go bridge hunting. Only problem was: it took me 7 hours to complete what's normally a 4 Hour drive. ;)

Sunday, October 05, 2008

KC Road Meet

A couple weeks ago, I travelled to Kansas City for the KC Roadmeet. We had a smaller turnout than expected, but it still went well. Attending were Mark Roberts from California, Richie Kennedy from Kansas, Scott Nazelrod from Oklahoma and our host, GR Van from Missouri. Following an exchange of maps and lunch at Gates BBQ, we headed out for our tour of Kansas City area roads. Our first stop was along Hillcrest Road for a view of the rebuilt Grandview Triangle/Three Trails Crossing, followed by a stop along Hickman Mills Road for a ground view of the Triangle. Following this, we got a quick look at the construction of the new Paseo I-29 bridge then wandered over into Kansas.

It was recently announced that US73 is being rerouted from its current terminus at I-435 to a new terminus at I-70 and Kansas 7, so we got a look at 73's current end, then explored its future end which is currently being rebuilt. This was no easy task as we had to go past the construction at K-7 then loop back around on a couple local roads.

Heading back to Gates BBQ, we had a chance to explore a rebuild of the US 69/I-435 interchange including new flyover ramps from 69 to 435. Returning to Gates, we parted company with Mark and Richie, then explored I-470 from the Triangle, all the way to I-70.

Returning to Gates once again, we said our good-byes and went our separate ways.

But that's by no means the end. I spent a couple hours in the morning doing some exploring of my own including several bridges including this old bridge over Brush Creek at 50th Street & Ward Parkway.
In the end, I came home with over 400 photos and wishing I'd had more time to explore the area. Maybe I'll find time this Fall before the weather get too cold.