photo by jrd.
Greetings you two and hope that
your weather is as nice as what we are having. Just a perfect
day, but had to wear a long sleeve shirt as it was just a little
cool for short sleeves.
For starters, thanks for the
timely response and your multi-purposes ideas for the concrete
structure.. They seem to be in order and all seem
feasible. I can even agree with most of them.
I have them listed below and will expound just a tad on each.
Hope you don't mind. Then I will tell you what I have come up
1. Place to
build a fire to unthaw the mechanism or to keep
sort of stop, rest stop, or emergency stop.
sort of signaling device.
1. Just don't like this one and for several
reasons. There does not seem to be any place to remove the
ashes. That plus, heat would not be localized enough to do any
good. I do like your thinking process though as coal was
probably plentiful in that time frame.
2. Can't find much fault with item #2.
Some sort of a rest stop here might be feasible. An emergency
stop would be further back up the tracks, but this could have been a
final stop before the train plunged into the river.
3. A signaling device is also a possibility,
although this too should have been furthers up the tracks. Let
us not forget the river traffic as it could have been some sort of a
signaling device for the boats.
4. Positioning device-Guess that I like this idea
best of what you have come up with. Although, I can not fathom
any means of positioning from this placement, it is possible.
Three good ideas and a possible. Appreciate
your input and we may never know the true purpose. The first
time that I saw the cylinder structure, I just could not come up
with much as, like you, I was thinking of some sort of a safety
device or possible warning or emergency device. I even
mentioned it to Donnie and he came up blank. When I was making
up the stat, I though of another possible use and I liked that use
enough that is would be my number one answer. A cylinder
structure with the base at the river's edge leads me to believe that
it could have been a pump basin or at least a well type structure
for the taking of water from the river. There is an old depot
base as well as a water tank base near where I was
standing when I took the picture. A large pump would fit
just fine on top of the concrete structure. One flaw to
this though and that is electricity or the lack of
electricity. I am not sure that this site had electricity in
that time frame. The water tank had to be filled by
some means and I don't think that it was hand pumped.
Could it have been a gasoline driven pump. I do think that the
bridge was swung around by the use of a gasoline
Like I say; We may never know. Thanks again
for your input and now I have more possibilities. Will let you
know if anything else comes in, but don't look for much more.
"Smallhouse Turning Bridge On The Green
The photographer was standing on the old
railroad bed at Smallhouse when the picture below was taken. The
rails and the ties have previously been removed. The gate in the
center of the picture is positioned just before the bank pier. A
small trestle once existed, that connected this bank pier with the
anchor point or the bridge connecting pier. This short trestle has
recently been set afire and burned and some unburned parts still
exist. Oh, what some people do for fun.
Look Closely At The
Sub-Structure Above Bridge Center-At The Top Is The Bird's
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