Monday, December 24, 2012

Carrying the weight of history

Old, yet still vital
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC
August 2010

I have no idea how old this trestle is, but between the overbuilt stonework and unchecked flora growing from in between the cracks, I'm going to guess it's well into the triple-digit range. Which, frankly, delights me. Because in an era of throwaway everything, it's nice to see something built to last, and still performing such a vital function long after supposedly better, newer structures have been declared obsolete.

Your turn: Who built this? (Rhetorical question, of course. Have fun with it.)

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Unknown said...

Carmi: At first glance, I thought these were the locks in The Netherlands. Wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday and News Years. It's always good to visit here!


Mike Wood said...

I would love to shoot something like that. Trestles in Ontario just don't look like that - and perhaps never did. I tried really hard for a bit to find the age of it. The current design dates from at least 1904 as I found a photo from then, but the stone piers date from before then as there was once a covered bridge section for trains across at least one span.