Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sunday Bridges ~ 4-3-11

The Remains of the Old Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Bridge 
Lexington, Virginia

On these pilings once sat the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad bridge over the Maury River that brought the trains into Lexington, Virginia. Sadly, after Hurricane Camille took it out, the bridge was not rebuilt and the trains quit running into town. In the years to come,  there were a number of different footbridges built on these pilings forming a connection between Woods Creek and the Chessie Trail, but each time they were lost to flooding.  Now all we have left as a reminder of days past are the old pilings. The last footbridge was beautiful and such a pleasure to walk across, but like so many nice things in this area is not being replaced due to it vulnerability to floating downstream when the waters rise and flood. The building way up on the hill above the river is Virginia Military Institute founded in 1839.  On 12 June 1864 Union forces under the command of General David Hunter shelled and burned the Institute as part of the Valley Campaigns of 1864. The destruction was almost complete and VMI had to temporarily hold classes at the Alms House in Richmond, Virginia. 

"Any victory would be dear at such a price.”

~Robert E. Lee, on the death of Stonewall Jackson
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  1. Lovely photo with wonderful Autumn colour. The swing bridge is the distance, is that still standing or will it be lost in future floods?
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  2. Now you just jump across the pilings?

    The color of your photo makes it an old photo.

  3. I enjoy exploring areas with a historic background. This sounds like the place for me.

  4. Loved the perspective in your photos. Have a great day.

  5. History! Good that it's kept alive!

  6. So pity that the bridge no longer excits, it is always nice to have a bridge only for pedastrians, no traffic coming along.

  7. Very nice photos! Thanks for the history as well! My favorite kind of post.

  8. I imagine the view of the waterfall was quite spectacular from one of the old bridges. It's a shame they don't rebuild it, but I guess it gets too expensive. Nice view!