National Road Revisit – August 2020 – Views from the Ground and Above

In 2015 we did a trip across Ohio on the National Road – the original cross country road. This posting is a revisit focusing on the bridges, using the drone for additional views.

The National Road eventually gave way to U.S.40, which in turn was replaced by Interstate 70. All 3 have been considered ‘The National Road’.

We start out again in Wheeling, West Virginia with the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. It was the longest suspension bridge in the world when completed in 1849.

Currently it is closed to vehicle traffic – making a perfect place to stand in the middle of the bridge for photos.

This view from the Wheeling Island side is 60′ up with the drone.

Just west of Wheeling, back in Ohio, is the Blaine Viaduct. This bridge was built in the 1930s to carry U.S. 40 traffic. Below it is the original National Road S Bridge from 1828, and just to the right (out of the photo) is Interstate 70.

The Viaduct bridge has massive concrete arches.

The views of the S Bridge from the drone.

Once you crossed the S bridge there was a steep incline of the road, made completely out of bricks. A portion of the Viaduct is visible in the background.

Further west U.S. 40 the road becomes abandoned.

The view from the drone shows why, I-70 was built directly over top it’s path.

Reaching Guernsey County we find another fantastic stone S Bridge.

This bridge still has a road on it, but it has been closed off to traffic.

Our final S bridge is located just west of the town of New Concord. Again U.S. 40 is literally next to it.

Our final bridge is the famed Y Bridge in Zanesville. This is actually the 5th Y Bridge built at this site.

Union County, Ohio – August 2020 – Droning on About Bridges

It is time to revisit some historic bridges in Union County, Ohio, only this time with the drone (for most photos). This posting will start a series of postings featuring some drone photos.

Bridgeport Iron Bridge

What goes up can also come down. A number of views of the Culbertson Bridge.

Interestingly there is a fjord just next to it so trucks can get past, as this is one of the few old bridges you can still drive across.

Above Spain Creek Bridge.

Finally Pottersburg Bridge crossing a sea of soybeans.

Virtual Travel – British Columbia

Our last province, British Columbia. As the saying goes, we saved the best for last!

2017 09 06 34 Rearguard Falls BC - Copy

 

 

We start out in far southeastern BC at the town of Sparwood. Named for the lumber that went into making spars (poles) for ships, Sparwood is a mining town. As you enter town you can’t miss Terex Titan, one of the largest trucks in the world, now retired in front of the visitor center.

 

 

Eastern BC has a number of great waterfalls including those below: Helmcken, Dawson and Rearguard Falls.

2017 09 06 50 Helmcken Falls BC - Copy

 

 

The town of Lake Country BC is home to a Kangaroo Farm! It was very cool, especially holding a baby kangaroo.

2017 09 07 62 Lake Country BC Kangaroo Farm - Copy

 

 

High above the town of Kamloops is the Myrna Canyon Trestle Trail. Once a railway, now one of the best bike paths anywhere.

2017 09 07 111 Kelowna BC Myrna Canyon Tresle Trail - Copy

 

 

In Hope BC there is another path, much lower that goes through the Othello Tunnels. Nearby is the Bridal Veil Falls.

2017 09 08 23 Hope BC Othello Tunnels Trail - Copy

 

 

The Vancouver suburb of Burnaby has a great park with these native statues. The persistent rain and fog added to the atmosphere.

2017 09 08 60 Burnaby BC - Copy

 

 

Capilano Park in North Vancouver has an amazing bridge (that bounces!) and a forest canopy walk, along with more totem poles.

2017 09 08 121d Vancouver Capilano Park - Copy

 

 

Vancouver is one of the world’s great cities. Situated on a bay, with islands and the mountains, the views are fantastic. They have height limits on the buildings so that they don’t block the views.

 

 

The Museum of Anthropology has the largest native sculpture collection anywhere.

2017 09 09 16 Vancouver MOA

 

 

Vancouver is even better from the ‘Lookout’, especially after a nice walk along the harbour.

2017 09 09 293 Vancouver

 

 

Vancouver has character!

 

 

 

Our final stop is Victoria, on Vancouver Island (which Vancouver is not). BC Ferries will get you there.

2017 09 10 25 Ferry to Victoria BC

 

 

 

The city is the capital of the province, and has a great history.

2017 09 10 233 Victoria BC

 

 

It is also home to numerous gardens, including Hartley Castle and Gardens.

2017 09 10 50 Victoria BC Hatley Castle & Gardens

 

 

 

Our virtual trips across North America has come to an end, but there is more coming – up next Chicago – History through Maps and Photos…. stay tuned.

 

 

Virtual Travel – West Virginia

Take Me Home Country Roads – to West Virginia.

2018 05 08 34 Morgantown WV Coopers Rocks

 

While I have more years of Texas maps, I have more overall West Virginia maps as they published monthly in the 1940s.

 

State Capitol

1949     1958     1960     1963    1992     2010

Government State West Virginia 1992

 

West Virginia State Capitol (Photo from whereverImayroam.com)

West Virginia's State Capitol has the Stunning Midas Touch

 

When West Virginia was formed during the Civil War, it took years for them to settle on a permanent state capital Finally they decided Charleston is the place, and in 1932 completed this building.

 

State Symbol 

State Firearm – Hall Flintlock Model 1819. This weapon was produced in Harpers Ferry.

 

 

Rivers and Streams

1937 – Potomac River South Branch     1940 February – Kanawha River     1941 September – New River Gorge and River     1954 – Randolph County Lake     1967 – New River Gorge and River     1986     1994 – New River Gorge and River

 

 

West Virginia has a number of rivers that served the coal industry for decades. One of those coal towns was Thurmond. Today it is a ghost town, but at one time was a center of coal production.

It is situated on the New River, which is an attraction for tourists and adventurers.

 

 

Huntington is the 2nd largest town in the state. It was founded as a railway center, and that history is celebrated with decorated model engines around downtown.

The most noteworthy is the one dedicated to those who died in the Marshall University Football team’s airplane crash in 1970.

2015 07 25 50 Huntington WV Hot Dog Festival

 

 

Point Pleasant is an Ohio River town that live on the legend of the Mothman.

2015 03 28 166 Point Pleasant WV

 

 

 

Mountains

1939 January     1939 February     1940 May     1974 – White Sulfur Springs     1983     2002 – Coopers Rocks     2017

 

 

Cooper’s Rocks is a scenic area above Morgantown, near the Maryland border.

2018 05 08 41 Morgantown WV Coopers Rocks

 

 

Helvetia was originally a Swiss colony far back in the Appalachian Mountains.

 

 

The Greenbrier has been a premier resort since 1778, with 27 of the 45 Presidents having visited.

2015 07 26 197 Greenbrier WV

 

 

West Virginia is all mountains and hills, with unique histories. One of those interesting places is Matewan, where a famed labor battle occurred.

 

 

 

 

Roads and Bridges

1940 January – Canaan Valley Route 32     1962 – Interstate 77     1965     1980 – New River Gorge Bridge     1990     2011     2014

 

 

The New River Gorge Bridge is one of the highest bridges in the world.

2015 07 26 4 New River WV

 

 

The Ohio River Valley has a collection of old, cool and quirky bridges. Not all are still in use.

 

 

 

 

West Virginia Culture and Sights

1940 June – Rhododendron Festival     1940 August     1940 September     1940 December     1941 January – WVU Martin Hall     1943     1947     1968     1976     1978     1988     1998    2005     2006     2008

 

 

Green Bank, West Virginia is home to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. As such it is in an area known as a National Radio Quiet Zone – no cell phones, radios, etc.

2015 07 27 54 Green Bank WV

 

 

New Vrindaban is a temple built outside of Wheeling in the 1970s and 1980s.

2017 07 02 22 New Vrindabad WV Palace of Gold

 

 

Two now closed incarceration facilities are now tourist attractions in West Virginia, including the Trans- Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston.

 

 

Not to be outdone Moundsville ha their former prison open for tours. With that we are breaking out of West Virginia and headed on….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Travel – Virginia

Today’s visit is Virginia, starting in the Washington DC Suburbs.

2016 11 05 148 Arlington VA

 

History

1962     1972 – State Capitol     1975 – Houdon Statue of Washington in the Virgnia Captiol     1977 – St Johns Church Richmond     1981 – Yorktown Battlefield     1982 – Stratford Hall  Plantation Westmoreland County Robert E Lee Birthplace     1984 – Monticello     1988/1989     1990/1991 – Appamattox Court House     1998 – Mount Vernon     2000

 

The Virginia State Capitol dates from the 1780s, housing the Virginia General Assembly. This group is known as the oldest elected legislative body in North America, having been founded as the House of Burgesses in 1619. (Photo from Wikipedia)

Virginia State Capitol - BCWH

 

State Symbol

State Spirit – George Washington Rye Whiskey.  George was a whiskey producer, and this product is in tribute to that.

 

 

Jamestown – The first permanent English settlement in the New World.

2016 11 08 92 Jamestown VA

 

 

Antietam Battlefield – The Battle of Antietam is one of the costliest day in American history, with over 22,000 dead and wounded in the battle.

 

 

Roads & Bridges

1954     1958 – Hampton Bridge and Tunnel     1964     1965     1966     1967     1970     1973 – Interstate 64     1992

 

 

Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnels. The area around Norfolk has numerous bridges and tunnels, including the 23 mile long Bay Bridge and Tunnels.

 

 

Udvar Hazy Air Museum. The National Air and Space Museum at Dulles International Airport in suburban Washington DC.

 

 

 

Oceans

1980 – Norfolk     1986- Sailing ship The Godspeed     1994 – Assateague Island Lighthouse     2004 – Eastern Shore     2006 – Jamestown Settlement ship Susan Constant     2012 – Virginia Beach     2016 – Chesapeake Bay – Tangier Island

 

 

Assateague Island & Lighthouse. This island is shared with Maryland, and contains wilderness area and the feral horses.

2016 11 07 148 Chincoteague VA

 

 

 

 

Mountains

1978 – Mabry Mill     1992 – Bicycling     1996 – Grayson Highlands State Park     2008 – Mountains Ravens Roost Overlook blue Ridge Parkway Nelson County     2010 – Blue Ridge Parkway  Crabtree Falls      2014 – Virginia Forestry 100th anniversary. Swinging Bridge Willis River Trail – Cumberland National Forest

 

 

The Skyline Drive was one of the earliest scenic parkways completed in the United States. It opened in 1935, and runs for 105 miles along the mountains in western Virginia.

 

Mary's Rock Tunnel on Skyline Drive Shenandoah National Pa… | Flickr

 

 

Virtual Travel – Rhode Island

2016 08 30 109 Newport RI

Time for a brief stop in the smallest state – Despite the name, most of the 1045 square miles is not in an island, rather it is on the U.S. Mainland. It is thought the name came from a Dutch explorer who passed by and noted one of the islands was reddish in color, and the Dutch name for red island is ‘Rood Eiland’.

 

 

The Capital

1942     1994

 

The State Capital and largest city is Providence. The Rhode Island State House dates from 1904. It is amazingly the 7th state house in the history of Rhode Island (they must have rented before they could afford to own)!

2018 05 27 114 Providence RI

 

State Symbol of the Day – Official State Appetizer – Calamari, because the state produces 54% of all the squid/calamari in the northeast. (photos from statesymbols.org)

 

State Drink – Coffee Milk. It is made from coffee syrup and is more like chocolate milk, only coffee flavored.

 

 

The Ocean State

1958     1975     1978     190     1983     1988

 

By far the most popular tourist town in the state is Newport. To get there from the west you cross the Newport Bridge, aka the Clairborn Pell Bridge. It climbs to a height of 206′ above the water.

 

In the early 1900s Newport was the summer home for many of the wealthy New Yorkers. It still maintains some of that mystique.

The famed Cliff Walk passes by many of those early 1900s mansions.

Newport is a major sailing community, with the Museum of Yachting located here.