Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Treasure for Tuesday


This bridge resided at a Civil War battle site, not too far from my farmette.  General John Hunt Morgan, and his troops, were defeated here in 1863, by Union forces. 



General Morgan burned the original wooden bridge during the battle.  At the time a replacement was built and in 1907 this steel structure came into being.  





It served well until 2014 when it was moved to a museum farmstead, just down the river.  A modern replacement is now in use, but this steel beauty will forever be memorialized at the farmstead.  

At the time of its replacement, some controversy surrounded the destruction of this bridge.  Many people wanted it to be saved and left in its original location.  Eventually it was replaced and merely moved down river where it no longer receives car traffic.  

Linking up today with Tuesday's Treasures 

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27 comments:

  1. What with the Erie Canal running across New York State near this area, we have many similar steel bridges. Most are in need of repair or replacement. Modern bridges from a practical stand point are much better, but most lack charm. As I age, I say this about everything. Thanks Michelle for sharing this old bridge today, Have a Merry Christmas and please stop back again.

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    1. Tom, you said it perfectly. Modern bridges lack charm! Things are built now for practicality and budget requirements. Not much beauty or charm anymore.

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  2. We still have those around here too. Even with a rotted out wooden base, country folks would still traverse them. One bridge near the farm, Crybaby Bridge, dubbed by teenagers and a made up ghost story to go with it, finally came down after the teens torched it.

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  3. A beautiful history lesson...thank you!

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  4. Love those old bridges and all their history. You take such great shots!

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  5. May it live for many more years!

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  6. What a great old bridge.. I've seen one very like that used in several movies.. wonder if it's ever been a set?

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    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  7. Love old bridges. So many of them have a story to tell. If only the bridges could talk.

    Velva

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  8. I love it! It seems like a good solution - it will last longer with no cars on it.

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  9. I do like old bridges...well, most of them. If they look like they may not hold up, I send some of my "friends" over first.

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  10. Fascinating history. I guess if people and traffic are safe and the bridge is protected, this was a good move. It's beautiful

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  11. Great old bridge. I used to walk over one like it where I used to live.

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  12. I love bridges, both in the practical sense and symbolic nature. Great pictures and post.

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  13. Excelentes fotografias, aproveito para desejar um Santo e Feliz Natal.
    Andarilhar

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  14. It IS a treasure. I can't look at it without thinking of the sound the car made as it crossed. A few of the old ones have been saved as part of bike and foot trails in Minnesota, including a couple of the old covered ones. Reminiscent of a much slower life.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  15. darn progress, but in this case it sounds like they did the right thing!!

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  16. I love bridges...old ones, new ones and covered ones...one thing on my bucket list is to actually get to see a covered bridge (I'd prefer the one in Bridges of Madison County...with Clint Eastwood standing on one end...and Merle Streep in his arms...*heavy sigh.....such a dreamer am I)

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    1. BJ, I feel the same, I love old bridges. There are a few in Kentucky that I need to visit in the upcoming year. Have a great Christmas!

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  17. I love the old things.. wish more of them were preserved. I supposed for safety reasons it was better to move it.

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  18. LOVE those old bridges! We have one around here that you can still drive across but it's scary. The views from it are fantastic.
    Have a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Val, hard to believe this bridge was in use just a couple of years ago. They are scary to drive across! Hope you have a great Christmas!

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  19. You live in such a beautiful and interest place! Love the bridge. I've been negligent at visiting blogs, but have spent some time catching up with all your wonderful posts. Have a wonderful Christmas season!

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  20. A beautiful old bridge! I am glad it was not destroyed.
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

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