Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ohio Electric Railroad Bridge

This is an old railroad bridge over the Maumee River in Ohio. It was built in 1907 and at the time was the longest concrete reinforced earth filled bridge. The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is in fairly poor repair. On of the piers is on an island called Roche de Boeuf which was a meeting place for Indians. It is the site of the meeting place before the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1734. About a third of the island was destroyed when the pier was placed. It seems that when the water is down in the summer, you can wade out to the island.

The east side of the bridge.

As you can see, the bridge is in pretty poor shape.

This is the west side of the bridge, including a shot of the Roche de Boeuf. The picture is pretty poor due to the position of the sun and my lack of willingness to stay there for better light. You can see where part of the upper portions of the bridge have collapsed revealing the earth fill material. It is still an impressive structure and must have been even more so when it was constructed.

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