The “Great Western Sugar Company Effluent Flume and Bridge” tells us of a time of sugar beet farms and sugar processing plants in northern Colorado. During the turn of the century, this bridge over the Poudre river enabled the waste lime product to be transported across the river to a field where it was just poured out as waste. As a result, the ground became so alkaline that native plants could not survive and gave way to an invasive species called kochia.
In November 2014, the bridge that held the flume was added to the National Register of Historic Places. A trace of the past…submitted in response to the Thursday’s challenge offered by Lost in Translation