New Franklin bridge

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Comments (9)

♫ Swissmay on September 15, 2007

Looks like a solid bridge! I had a look at the map and I wonder what it bridges. Is it the S.Howard Street and Katy Trail? It can't be, because it says Slate Hwy Bridge. Is the mapping ok? Because New Franklin seems to be more Northwest.

Nice picture in any case, Ryan! Impressing perspective! May :-)

Ryan Calhoun on September 15, 2007

Thanks May! Yes, it's in the right place. This bridge carries Highway 5 (State Highway B) over the Katy trail and Howard St. The Katy trail is just on the other side of the row of bushes. The foot lane on the bridge only goes a short way, and there are another set of stairs like this on the opposite side to walk down. The actual city of New Franklin is up around the bend in the road, but this place was the New Franklin stop on the KT railroad, where grain was loaded on the trains.

Greetings to you, dear May! Ryan

♫ Swissmay on September 15, 2007

Okay, I see, Ryan! Thank you and greetings to you, May :-)

Lilypon on September 15, 2007

I really like the angle you took this picture from Ryan. :) I especially like the fact that you also caught the stairway (it adds a lot to the uniqueness of the picture). :D

Ryan Calhoun on September 15, 2007

Thanks, Pam! I really like this bridge. It's nice to sit underneath and listen to the cars go by overhead. Most bridge walkways span the entire bridge, and don't have stairs like this. The stairs also seem a little overbuilt to me, just to carry people up and down. Greetings, Ryan

Lilypon on September 16, 2007

"The stairs also seem a little overbuilt to me, just to carry people up and down.".....after reading your sentence Ryan and looking at the pic again the overall feeling I have from it is that it has more of an old world flavour to it.

Ryan Calhoun on September 16, 2007

It is definitely an unusual bridge to see in this area. It's very rare to see a bridge built over a railroad. In Eureka where I live, the railroad wasn't bridged until about 1990. In Pacific, those same rail lines still run right through town. What's more common in larger cities is for the railroad to bridge the highway. And the craftsman ship in this bridge is pretty special, all the archwork and bevels in the columns, and all those railings up the stairs and on the footwalk. The originals molds for the concrete would have been fairly complex.

New Franklin was built during the 1820s, after the original Franklin, about a mile downriver, was destroyed by flood. I don't know if it would qualify as old world, but the bridge at least is definitely not the typical frontier fixture.

Lilypon on September 16, 2007

Nope definitely not a frontier pic ;).....Ryan I was thinking about a couple of pictures I've seen here that may have been from the Roman times. Your picture definitely doesn't have the wearing of the ages but something about it reminded me of them (probably because it has such a solid well built stairway going up it).

Ryan Calhoun on October 8, 2007

It would probably be a wonderful spot, especially to put stairs in the run! Thanks Bruce!

Greetings, Ryan

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