Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Train Bridge, Monroe, Louisiana 1983 and 2006



This first one is of what was left of a wooden buildings built into the middle of an old train bridge across the Ouachita River, between Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana. This is another photo from the same roll of Tri-X black and white film I posted two photos from on yesterday. That ratty looking old building still hanging on there in the middle of the bridge fascinated me. I have no idea what the purpose of such a structure was, above a river and with trains passing beneath it.

When I was last in Monroe, Louisiana, in December 2006, I took more pics of a train going across this same old bridge. The bridge had looked old in 1983, so I was surprised to see trains still crossing it. There's no hint anymore of the old building in the top photo, although this bottom photo shows that same section of the train bridge, only from the other side of it.

14 comments:

Lori said...

Great photos. I kind of like that old building. It looks like some sort of watchtower. It has a lot of character to it. Too bad it's gone!

Ben said...

That is very interesting comparison. The wooden building on the first photo is already looks really old, but may be because you show this as B&W with this particular texture? Time gives some progress, some change and here you capture the interesting comparison.

Anna said...

LOVE that first shot and I like the tones in it John. Nice capture!

Chad Oneil said...

Very cool. The first one is my fav too.

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

past, present -- really nice

LSqrd said...

Great stuff, John!! I found you through BlogVillage, btw

Mike said...

Hey John,

First off these are really nice pictures, especially that top one. I believe this is a swing bridge. The building atop the bridge would have been the operators building when river traffic or a train approached they would open or close the bridge accordingly. I am guessing as I don't know the history of the bridge but that pier underneath the building looks suspiciously like a pivot point.

Nice bit of railroad history.

Moi said...

love all those lines in the pics.......

Joel Reynolds said...

Hey Jam,
Love that first shot - very cool.
Joel

JAM said...

Thanks everyone.

Mike, I think you may have the right explanation. About a quarter-mile up river from this bridge was a "car/truck" bridge that did exactly that; pivoted in the middle.

Years ago a tug pushing barges on the river hit that bridge and destroyed it. They built another that is a normal one in the same place when I was in high school. Maybe this old train bridge and the vehicular bridge were twins of a sort.

jkidd said...

These photos are beautiful.
I see this bridge everyday and I think what a pretty picture that would be...and I was right, your photos are wonderful...I'm going to take my own photo, and maybe it will turn out as well as your's did, Thanks.

Jeanine

JAM said...

Thank you Jeanine, I've actually posted more photos on my other blog over time, of monroe bridges.

At the top left of this photo blog, type in monroe bridge and it will show you what I've put on here over time, but also do the same monroe bridge search on my other blog, Least Significant Bits. I think I have actually posted more stuff over there than here about monroe and what photos I've taken over time.

Anonymous said...

Hello, My name is Dean I live in west Monroe I am 14 year old make going to WM high school. Good work on the photos.

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