Posts Tagged ‘bridges

17
Oct
16

beneath the bridge…

Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks, Oregon. Columbia River dividing Oregon/Washington below.

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21
Dec
15

taking sides…reaching out

“A bridge has no allegiance to either side.” Les Coleman

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06
Jun
15

Building bridges….

“Education is all a matter of building bridges” Ralph Ellison

~Please note the bridge goes both ways~

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21
Mar
15

Tacoma Narrows Bridge on Calm Day

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A somewhat comical newsreel commentary/video from 1940 of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse…a puppy was left in the car. Galloping Gertie history.

12
Jul
14

Trusting & Chance

 I recall sitting in a bar on October 17, 1989 waiting on the third game of the World Series (Oakland~San Francisco) when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit during this nationally televised event. The double decker Oakland-Bay Bridge, as well as the Cypress Street Viaduct collapsed killing 43 during the rush hour traffic. Trust…trust in engineers, contractors and the forces of nature to avoid the rare, big one. Trust day in and day out in our people around us to do the right thing in a civil society…the forces of nature be damned.

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Fremont Bridge

The Fremont Bridge in Portland, Oregon, a double decker bridge (one of two in town) that spans the Willamette River.

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25
Jan
14

Historic Columbia River Highway: Stone Mason’s Beauty

Beyond the Columbia River and the eye-catching majesty or the ‘Gorge’ rock formations, is the Historic Columbia River Highway. It parallels Interstate 84. It was hugely innovative in its day and one of my most enjoyable observations along that old highway is the stonework by Italian stone masons that is still quite evident today. 

stonework arch swittersbThe WyEast Blog provides a very informative review on the stone construction of the Scenic Highway entitled Stone Walls of the Columbia River Highway. One thing you don’t see as much is the vertical stacking of rocks in the construction.

vert stone fernsIf you have a historical bent for the history of road construction up the Gorge and how it influenced American road construction then you need to look at the site Historic Columbia River Highway for lots of history.

18
Dec
12

Photography: Divided States…Leana Jimenez

Recently, Leana Jimenez of Rebel Photography took this picture along the Columbia River. The photo captures the Interstate Bridge that carries I-5 traffic across the Columbia River and joins Washington and Oregon. I particularly like the light reflected off the water and, it appears, the low hanging clouds. Of particular interest to me is the fact that my mom and dad met crossing this bridge during WWII and were married a few months later…just prior to my dad shipping out overseas.

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Bridge At Night by Leana Jimenez




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