One of the fun parts of Industrial Archaeology is that if you look hard enough, you don’t have to go far to find neat things. Some people complain about the impacts that human beings have had on the Earth, and that everywhere you go, there is something “unnatural.” Human beings are a natural being, and it is in our nature to create, use tools and improve our lives. We have learned that crows use tools- do we treat every discarded twig as “trash” that a crow has left behind? What makes that any more natural than our tools?
Anyway, the purpose of this blog is not to jump into philosophy too deeply, so much as it is to teach you to appreciate the world around you.
Over the past few days, I have been in Tempe for a conference. I have been walking with a cane for the last few days, but have been slowly recovering. Yesterday, I was able to walk- and even “go for a walk,” and so I walked around the Salt River park in Tempe. There was an old railroad bridge there that I found quite entertaining.
The bridge itself was built in 1912. At the top of each span was a “1912” in various decorative cutaways. We also found one of the bridge plates that identified this bridge as being built by the
American Bridge Company of New York, USA, 1912.
I walked around the river and crossed a pedestrian bridge, which was every bit as neat as the railroad bridge, though I could not get many pictures of it. Once on the other side I walked towards the railroad bridge to photograph it from the other side of the river.
Once you see it, you start to see the beauty in things you formerly thought were an eyesore:
…and maybe just enjoy a moonlit evening once in a while.