wpc: bridge

wpc_bridge

A railroad bridge over the Colorado River, the sixth largest river in the United States. It flows through 7 states, 11 national parks and mountains, as well as, two nations. After decades of  over-allocation, overuse, and manipulation it is now a part of  American Rivers’ Most Endangered Rivers.

I hope you take a few moments to view this video…the awe, beauty, and power of “the American Nile” as it wanders from the Rocky Mountains to the Sea of Cortez.

thursday’s special: traces of the past

flumeThe “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