SEE THE CHANGE !
IT’S GONE ! !
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GREAT KINZUA BRIDGE IN PENNSYLVANIA
In 1882 the Kinzua Viaduct was constructed. Made of iron by a crew of approximately 100 men in 94 days. A few of those men can be seen on the following stereoviews.
Detlor & Waddell’s 1882 – Workers on Kinzua Bridge
Detlor & Waddell’s 1882 – Kinzua Bridge Half Way
J. West 1880’s – Full Bridge
In 1900 the viaduct was rebuilt using steel to support increased locomotive weights and transport loads. During the 1970’s and 1980’s the bridge was certified as a National Civil Engineering Landmark and became a tourist attraction. Spring 2003 a company was contracted by the State of Pennsylvania to conduct a renovation of the Kinzua Viaduct.
July 21, 2003 this appeared to be just too late. The Kinzua Viaduct was struck by a tornado! This is the result:
Photos from http://www.kinzuabridgeonline.com
THE TRAGIC DEATH OF THE OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN
The American Indians had a 1600’s legend that said if you follow the Great Merrimack River north you will find a mountain with a stone face. Nevertheless “The Old Man” was officially discovered in 1805 by surveyors, working in the Franconia Notch New Hampshire area. Here he is:
Kilburn 1870’s – Enthroned Among the Clouds, White Mountains, New Hampshire
Like often with old men, some technique was needed to ensure durability. From the early 1900’s up to 2003 technical measures like steel cables and turnbuckles were used to held it all in place. But then in 2003, some time between a Friday evening and a Saturday morning, the stone profile that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to Franconia Notch State Park each year collapsed. Saturday, May 3 2003 at approximately 7:30 am two Park employees noticed that The Old Man – like often with old men – was suddenly not there anymore.
Friday May 2, 2003 Saturday May 3, 2003
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