As many of you know, one of my main hobbies is photography. Sure, I take a lot of photos of odd signage, old traffic signals and so on, but one of my strongest pursuits is bridges. I had a friend do a 2 bit psychoanalysis on me once and claimed this passion comes from my ability to "build bridges" between people. Personally, I don't see it.
I've photographed hundreds of bridges in the last 7 or 8 years (when I got serious about this hobby). Some I have found through research, others by happenstance. One bridge that caught my attention was the Amite River bridge on US 190 near Denham Springs, LA, a 1932 Parker Through Truss bridge. I first encountered this bridge in 2007 on my way home from an SCA gathering in Mississippi. Even then, it was looking old and tired, but it had a certain charm to it that I can't explain. Even then, there were signs of its impending doom due to upgrades along the highway. I only managed to get one photograph that day as the sun was preparing to set. This past March, I managed to get several more photos and promised myself I'd come back next year for more photos and to say my good-byes.
Well, I won't get that chance: the bridge was imploded October 22nd to make way for a new bridge. There's a video on YouTube, if you're morbid enough to watch it. I've posted the link, but I refuse to post the video: I'd rather remember the bridge as it was last March then what it became in October.