Turning Bridge At Smallhouse!
An Old Bridge That Is Positioned With River Flow & Locked.
Years Ago, It could be Turned For A Train Crossing.
Could It Ever Be Used Again?
A jrd stat on 11/17/04.

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.....

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 exciting.

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.

See you.......

"Smallhouse Turning Bridge On Green River.".

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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See you......jrd

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