10 April 2008

Spring in the Shenandoah Valley

Spring has finally arrived in the Shenandoah Valley. My business travels offer many opportunities to explore the byways and backroads of the Valley.

Here's a shot I took this afternoon - it was a great day at the office!

These old iron truss bridges, most of them built in the early 1900's, have seen many a horse-drawn wagon cross them, not to mention all the bikes, cars, and pick-ups. I find them charming and ruggedly beautiful and, unlike the ugly, no-character, concrete ones that replace them, they allow you to actually see the river or stream below! If my memory serves me correctly, Augusta County still has 7 or 8 of these bridges in service. We recently lost one near Waynesboro. It was replaced by. . . you guessed it: an ugly concrete bridge with no character from which you can't see the South River below. Ahh, the wonder of progress.

If you'll click on the image, you will be able to see a lot more detail. The building in the background is a 100-year+ old mill. This bridge spans the Middle River in western Augusta County. The Middle River, along with the South and North Rivers, come together to form the historic Shenandoah which, of course, meets the Potomac at Harper's Ferry. Most readers recall that the Shenandoah River, along with the Massanutten Mountain Range, were used strategically by Stonewall Jackson to avoid and deceive those pesky Yankees during his legendary Valley campaign.

And that's your history and geography lesson for today class.

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