photo by jrd.
Greetings all and a "Good Day"
wish to you. Hope that all is well in your household. All seems to
be well in this household. We seem to be ageing naturally, but other
than that, anything else would be worse......
As you can see,
we have been to Smallhouse and took in the grand tour. This is a
good time of the year for such events, as snakes and bugs are not
out and the weather is comfortable.
I don't know much about
Smallhouse, but if you have the time and the patience, I will tell
you what I know. If not that, I may interject some ideas and
thoughts and thus, it will be your duty to catch me in any
information that is not factual.
It had been years since I
have been to Smallhouse and things have changed quite drastically
since then. I still have a remembrance of the "Turning Bridge", but
that is about all. Other than look, trying my luck at fishing was
about the only reason I had to visit
Smallhouse is an old River Town, located on
the Green River a few miles below Ceralvo. Time has not been good to
either of these old river towns and memories are fading fast. A few
houses and a church still exist in Ceralvo. A Smallhouse Church
still exist, but it is a mile or so from the old river town. Except
for the railroad base, the old turning bridge, and lots of concrete
and rock foundations; there is not much left. Only snakes, spiders,
and other creatures exist where once was a flourishing river town. A
depot foundation still exists as well as a water tank foundation.
The old bridge looks as if it could be made operation, but doubt if
that ever happens. An existing cistern casing seems to beckon anyone
to have a drink.......
This old railroad at Smallhouse seems
to have run from Central City to Hartford passing through
Centertown, Equality, the Matanzas Area and other small towns of
years past. The bridge over the Green River was a "Swinging Type"
and it was normally positioned with the flow of the river so that
river traffic would not be hindered. When a train was "Due", the
bridge tender or operator would rotate or swing the bridge around so
that it would line up with the railroad bed. After locking the
bridge into position, the operator would signal the oncoming train
that the bridge was ready for a train crossing. With just a little
communications and timing, the train would not have been caused to
even slow down. Once the train crossed, the bridge would again be
swung around and lined up with the flow of the river and river
traffic could proceed. This operation mode could have been reversed,
depending on the time of the year, and the amount of river traffic
vrs. the rail traffic. I am guessing that a small gasoline engine
provided the power to swing the bridge, as doubt if electricity was
available in this area, for this time in history. Communications was
provided by a Morse Code System. We all have seen the utility
poles along a the railroad right-of-way with the cross arms and the
glass insulators that held the bare copper wires to the poles. At
every Depot, these wires were connected to the telegraph system.
Thus, every train could be in contact with each and every depot.
What an unique method of moving freight and passengers. The times
must have been harsh, but they surely would have been
As previously mentioned, I know
very little about the olden days of the Railroad, Green River, or
Smallhouse. It was probably in the mid forties before I realized
what the Green River, or a train with a big and noisy steam engine,
was all about. Thus, if you feel that I have not represented the old
town of Smallhouse correctly, I await your input. Thanks for looking
and thanks for reading.
"Smallhouse Turning Bridge On Green
That small object On top Of the utility pole
is a bird-Probably an Osprey.
Look closely at the tall structure
above the bridge-At the top is the bird's nest. The larger picture above
gives a better view.
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