Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Seen Along The Way (pics)

The following pictures were taken Tuesday, April 21, 2015, during the course of hauling six loads of limestone from the mine, to a city sewage facility.

This photo was taken looking west on the old Northwestern Turnpike; I thought the redbuds were pretty. They lined the road for miles. Click images to enlarge.

Here's Mt. Trashmore (local landfill) rising from its original pit to tower over the nearby landscape. It looks nicer than it smells. I consider it a memorial to the wastefullness of man. For those who'd like to see this man-made marvel, drive the last few miles of the Northwestern Turnpike toward the Ohio River, while keeping an eye to your left.

I think I can remember when this area along the Northwestern Turnpike near town was gardens and pasture fields. The last time they "new and improved" shipping and flood control on the river by building a new dam, this former botttom land became virtually unusable, due to frequent flooding. Everything comes at a price.

This bridge was built in 1935 with two luxuriously wide lanes and a nice wide sidewalk on each side. Thirty or 40 years ago, they tried making it a three lane, with two lanes headed toward the downtown of a morning, and two coming out of an afternoon. Unfortunately, folks got confused and ran into one another. SO, they went ahead and squeezed FOUR lanes onto the formerly two-lane bridge. I'm not saying that it's too narrow for that, but the lane across the yellow line from the nearest car allows me three inches on each side between my tires and the lines that mark the lane. Even worse, there's a curve in a rise at the far end, making it even harder to stay in your lane, especially for semi's, since they track off more than straight frames.

Need a phone? Check out your area Department of Health and Human Resources office, they may have people on THEIR sidewalk (just like ours does) collecting information that's none of their business so you, too, can have an Obama-phone!

A hundred years ago, our town had brick streets and a profitable street car system. Traces of both can be seen where the "new and improved" asphalt pavement keeps peeling off (as does the appliqued "brick" street crossing). New layers of asphalt seem to last about two years, while the old, "obsolete" bricks keep hanging in there. The profitable street car system was originally replaced by equally profitable large diesel buses, which eventually became unprofitable. We now have a tax subsidized fleet of small buses providing some folks with transportation that they wouldn't have otherwise.

I didn't take a picture of the big hole at the sewage-treatment plant that we were filling. I was afraid some bureaucrat would raise a stink about it if he saw me with a camera (terrorist concerns and all that). © 2015


Angela said...

The red buds are absolutely beautiful this year all around West Virginia from what I've seen. I am loving all of the spring colors that we are getting right now.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Nice photos, that bridge must have been amazing when it was built, very wide for that time.

Lady Locust said...

Love the brick. Too bad they keep covering it up.

Chickenmom said...

A lot of small towns use that fake brick look to spruce up the area. I hate it - would rather see the original. But I guess if someone tripped on it, the town would be sued.

deborah harvey said...

hi. hate to see bottom land wasted. hard to find garden friendly land in WV.
but with all the filth in the river you wouldn't want to eat anything grown in it after spring floods these days.
God bless you!
deb h.

Gorges Smythe said...

I agree, Angela. It's even nicer when the redbuds and dogwoods bloom at the same time, but they're a little off this year.

I'm sure it was, SF!

I agree completely, LL!

That may well be a concern, Cm, but the cheapness is probably the BIG thing to the "city fathers."

That's true, dh, and thank you!