Daily Archives: October 12, 2012
After a year and a half of including a ‘pic of the week’ at the end of my weekly training summary, I’ve decided to let it stand as a post of its own. I’m also implementing a rule that the Friday Foto needs to have been taken sometime in the last week. No recycling. I am doing this to keep me engaged in building my photography skills, and to make me work harder to get fresh shots. Click here to see my previous Friday Foto posts.
I spotted this cool old trestle-like thing above I-70 a couple of months ago and made a mental note to stop and check it out sometime. I had about 30 minutes to spare on a drive up to Leadville last Friday, so I took a break from driving and went for a little hike.
At the time, I didn’t think any of my photos would turn out very well. It was hard to get a good angle, and I was trying different things to hide the freeway in the background. After I looked at the results, I ended up liking this one the best – because it did show the freeway. It presents a cool contrast between old and new.
I haven’t had any success in finding out what it is/was, though. I first thought a railroad spur to a mine, but the turns seemed a little tight for that. Maybe something for logging? There were some sawmills in the area. Then I checked a topo map (thinking I might find some mine symbols) and noticed that the intermittent stream shown below the 9400′ contour was right where the trestle was. Some sort of aqueduct??
If anyone knows, I’d love to hear more about it. This is right above the Frisco exit. The part in the photo was in pretty good shape, but the rest was in ruin and falling apart. It was well built, though! Sturdy stuff.