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Throwback Thursday - March 22, 2018

This week's version of Throwback Thursday takes us back to November 2006 to downtown Barre, Vermont. This assembly of signs were among the many older signs that could be found around the downtown district of Barre at the time.
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Florida Friday; Fort Caroline Natinonal Memorial

Back in 2013 I was visiting the city of Jacksonville and decided to stop in at Fort Caroline National Memorial on the banks of the St. John's River near Florida State Road 116.

Fort Caroline was an attempted French Colony that was established on the St. Johns River in 1564.  The French had made an attempt to colonize what was known as French Florida between 1562 and 1565.  The exact site of Fort Caroline is not known and the Memorial is just a replica built by the Park Service based off of research.  Fort Caroline was attacked by the Spanish who had staked claims to Florida as early as 1513 and had failed to establish a permanent colony.  The French attempt at colonization of Florida spurred the Spanish to put greater effort into colonizing.  St. Augustine was established as the first true colony of Spain in 1565 which is occupied to this very day.  After the French were run out of Fort Caroline in 1565 it was occupied by the Spanish as San Mateo Until 1569. 

Schoharie County Route 27 (Junction Road) Bridge

For decades, a simple through camel-back truss bridge carried Junction Road (Schoharie County Route 27) over Schoharie Creek.  Aging but graceful, the old bridge was replaced in 2006 with a modern through Pratt truss.  The National Bridge Database lists that the bridge was built in 1931; however, I believe that the original bridge had been in place elsewhere. 

Photos taken by post author April 21, 2005 unless otherwise noted.

Replacement Bridge Photos:

Throwback Thursday; Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Back in 2012 I visited a large number of National Parks and National Monuments.  One of the closest National Monuments to me was Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

Casa Grande essentially means "Big House" translated into English.  The Casa Grande Ruins are well preserved Pueblo Structures located off of AZ 87/287 near the Gila River in Pinal County.  The Casa Grande is the largest remaining Pueblo Structure of many at the National Monument site which is thought to have been abandoned by approximately 1450 AD.  The Casa Grande is three stories high along the outer rooms and four stories high in the center.  

The Casa Grande Ruins were created by Hohokam civilization which once farmed the Gila River Valley during the 13th century.  Nobody I've seen really can seem to pin down why so many tribes disappeared from Arizona during the 13th and 14th century.  I've seen theories ranging from climate change to volcanic activity near Sunset Crater being cited as possible cau…

Throwback Thursday - March 15, 2018

This week's edition of Throwback Thursday takes us to an Interstate highway that is slated to be no more. I-895 in the New York City borough of the Bronx is proposed to become an at-grade boulevard, with improving access points to the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. It has already been approved by AASHTO to become NY 895 as it transitions from I-895 to NY 895. Here are some photos from December 2007 and June 2002 of the Interstate highway.

October 2005 - Adirondacks Trip

In October 2005, I did a brief explore trip in the Adirondacks.  I pretty much took NY 22, NY 9N, and NY 8 to the Riparius bridge and back to Albany via I-87.  My entire flickr set from the trip can be found here.

NY 22:

North of Whitehall, NY 22 does offer some scenic views.  I pulled over along the shoulder near an open field to capture some nice views.

NY 8:

From Route 9N to Interstate 87, NY 8 is a fairly scenic drive with a number of turnouts for a variety of scenic vistas.

 The top two photos are of North Pond.

Riparius Bridge:

The highlight of the journey was the then recently new Riparius Bridge that carries Route 8 over the Hudson River.  The bridge was barely two years old when I took these photos.  I had wanted to come back to this spot since my trip earlier that April with Chris and Doug.  I wasn't able to take photos of the bridge because my camera died and I ran over the curb and got a flat tire.

The two lane through truss bridge opened in 2003.  It replaced a narrow ca…

Ghost Town Tuesday; Transylvania, Louisiana

Back in 2014 I found myself returning home to Florida from Hot Springs National Park.  While passing through East Carroll Parish in Louisiana on US Route 65 I noticed an abandoned school on the side of the highway in a community called Transylvania.

Supposedly Transylvania was founded in the early 19th century and was named after the University of the same name in Kentucky.  Supposedly Transylvania has about 700 residents according to the 2000 Census but you wouldn't know it from the total lack of occupied structures.  The earliest map reference I can find showing Transylvania present in East Carroll Parish is from 1878.

1878 Louisiana State Map

I really can't find too much substantive information regarding the Transylvania Elementary School but the construction is likely Pre-World War II.  Supposedly the Transylvania Elementary School was abandoned in the late 20th Century and was open to vandals until the property was purchased in 2014.

Article Regarding the Transylvania Elem…