Back To The Bridge
I admit that I am fascinated by the Woodrow WIlson Bridge, a veritable engineering miracle that is not only functional but also artistic. I was out early today to get to the side of the bridge that I am normally NOT on. Consequently I discovered some old concrete and iron things that were like sidewalks heading out to the river from a couple of blocks inland. I found a sign that explained them and it was really kind of cool. During World War I the US built a shipyard at Jones Point that included five huge "shipways" which would have been sort of like dry docks upon which they built the ships. The concrete things that I'd found were actually tracks for the huge cranes they used to build the ships. During the day (100 years ago), the place had 7,000 employees with lots of rail, construction equipment, and an eating place that could seat 2,000 at a time. Now, the grounds are quiet except for the constant hum of traffic overhead, the barks of dogs running for fun with their masters, and the slap, slap, slap of joggers' shoes. But I also found Tim who finds time to relax from his hectic work schedule by fishing (and returning) on the Potomac. A good day.
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