Another Loss To Progress
I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE DOVER BRIDGE. This bridge, built in 1937, spans the Union Pacific Railroad Tracks as Highway 2 crosses over them at Dover, Idaho. A wonderful piece of history that we don’t often get to see anymore; a landmark that is also fixing to go the way of the Dodo.
In 2008, the Dover Bridge was listed in a Popular Mechanics’ article entitled “Top 10 Pieces of U.S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now” joining such landmarks as The Brooklyn Bridge, The New Orleans Canal Lock and Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct. On a scale of 1 to 100, the Dover Bridge was given a sufficiency rating of 2. This of course, led to the planning and building of a new bridge which is now, four years later, finally scheduled for completion in July of this year.
The reason for this post is that this is another piece of Americana which is going to soon vanish from our sight and thus our memories. I have captured scenes like this before quite by accident. This time I knew it was coming. As part of the construction project, the contractor will be disassembling the old bridge and taking it down.
I feel fortunate that I found the time to get some images of this bridge and more so that I get to preserve it forever and share it with you, my readers!