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Blenheim Covered Bridge

They say that you never forget your first. In this case, the Blenheim Covered Bridge in Schoharie County was the first covered bridge that I saw, back when I was a young boy during the 1980s. Since then, I have seen numerous covered bridges stretching from coast to coast in both the United States and Canada, but I will always have an affinity towards the Blenheim Covered Bridge and its unique design.

The original Blenheim Bridge was built in 1855 by Nicholas Montgomery Powers, who was a prominent covered bridge builder of his day. Spanning over the Schoharie Creek, the bridge was located in the Town of Blenheim in southeastern Schoharie County on NY 30 in North Blenheim, until it was washed away during the floods caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene on August 28, 2011. During its existence, the Blenheim Bridge was the longest single span bridge in the world at 228 feet in length and was one of only just a few remaining bridges in the world with two separated (or …
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London's Tower Bridge

During my all too brief visit to London in September 2014, I had set out to do a whirlwind tour of some of the big touristy sites in the city. The Tower Bridge wasn't initially planned to be one of the highlights of my time in London, although I knew I was going to see it because I had planned on spending time at the nearby Tower of London. While touring around the Tower of London was definitely worth the high price of admission, after walking around the historic fortress and palace, I had little interest in waiting on a long line to see Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's crown jewels, so I opted to check out one of the crown jewels of the world of bridges.

While crossing over the River Thames by foot on the Tower Bridge, I discovered that there is a museum and exhibition inside the bridge's towers and the high level observation decks, so I had to check it out. While you visit the museum, you can watch a video about the bridge's design and construction, its opening over…

Florida Friday; The Great 2012 Florida Trip Part 6 (The southern end of I-95, I-195, II-395, and US 1/Biscayne Boulevard)

After leaving Biscayne National Park I headed northward via Florida State Road 874/Don Shula Expressway and FL 878/Snapper Creek Expressway to US 1/Biscayne Boulevard towards my hotel in Miami.  After hitting the city limit of Miami I encountered the Southern Terminus of Interstate 95 and took it into downtown.






I continued north on I-95 and took I-195 over the Julia Tuttle Causeway towards Miami Beach and FL A1A.





Not a bad view looking back westwards towards downtown Miami.




After stopping at a couple locales in Miami Beach I headed back over I-195 to US 1 on Biscayne Boulevard.





I believe that I actually stayed the downtown Hilton which had a hell of a view of Biscayne Boulevard/US 1 south.





Not a bad view of I-395 on the MacArthur Causeway towards the Port of Miami.





If memory serves correct I-195 was completed back in 1961 along with the grid-anomaly of FL 112.  FL 112 should be in the 8XX grid but appears to have retained the planning route number it was originally assigned.  I-395 I…

Throwback Thursday - January 11, 2018

For this week's Throwback Thursday, we visit a shield in Wilmington, Delaware that was a throwback even when I saw it in November 2008. This cutout DE 2 route shield from the days of yore was one of only a handful of cutout shields remaining in the State of Delaware when I saw it. I'm not sure if this shield is still found in the wild.

Throwback Thursday; Bisbee, AZ and Old US 80

In Cochise County, Arizona along an old segment of US Route 80 designated as Arizona State Route 80 is the old mining town of Bisbee.






Bisbee is located in the Mule Mountains at an elevation of 5,538 feet above sea level.  Back in the early days of Arizona travel wasn't as direct as it is now.  Often roads followed old wagon trails from the major population centers of the time.  In the case of US Route 80 when it was originally plotted out it took the path of the Old Spanish Trail.  This alignment consisted of a huge southwestern swing into New Mexico to Douglas.  From Douglas US 80 swung northwest through the classic mining communities of Bisbee and Tombstone before swinging west to Tucson.  US 80 also took another major swing north from Tucson to Phoenix rather than westward to Yuma.  US 80 was such in impractical route that I-8 largely took the path of AZ 84 west from Tuscon to Gila Bend and I-10 from Benson to the New Mexico state line.  The path of US 80 makes much more logica…

Route 66 Wednesdays; The Oatman Highway and the Legend of Bloody 66

Continuing eastward from California, the Colorado River, and the Colorado River the course of US Route 66 entered Arizona.  The more modernized alignment now occupied by I-40 traverses through Yucca to Kingman bypassing much of the Black Mountains.  However, between 1926 to 1952 US 66 was aligned directly through the Black Mountains on what is known as Mojave County Route 10 or the Oatman Highway.






Back in circa late 2011/early 2012 I picked up Mohave County, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada in my work territory.  While working in Bullhead City I heard a tale of some crazy old alignment of US Route 66 up in the mountains which went through the ghost town of Oatman.  One early morning I decided to go have a look and found one of the coolest little mountain towns in Arizona along with the infamous "Bloody 66" along the Oatman Highway over Sitgreaves Pass.

Early US Route 66 simply followed the previous alignment of the previous National Old Trails Highway between Los Angeles and…