Old Railroad Bridge is the oldest river bridge in Alabama.
The original toll bridge, spanning the Tennessee River in the Shoals, opened in 1840, and by 1858 operated as a double decker; trains using the upper deck while the lower deck continued as a toll bridge. Rebuilt again after the American Civil War, it operated until 1939; replaced by the O’Neal Bridge (shown left in photo).
The 1560-foot lower deck was restored by the Old Railroad Bridge Company as a walking trail using the original piers. The bridge is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority Muscle Shoals Trails Complex.
For perspective, the tiny dot at the end of the bridge is a person.
Memories of a journey to Grand Canyon National Park include:
Watching a sunrise at Mather Point.
Discovering a “water bottle filling station” near Verkamp’s Visitor Center that provided water from Roaring Springs, the park’s approved water supply. These water stations are located throughout the park.
Viewing sections of Bright Angel Trail, Indian Gardens and Phantom Ranch from the South Rim Trail.
Driving “through the clouds” on adventure afield to Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and Horseshoe Bend (Glen Canyon National Recreational Area). We experienced fog, rain, sleet, wind, sunshine and rainbows as we drove through the cliffs and canyons of northern Arizona.
Climbing a small mesa at Horseshoe Bend for a unique viewpoint of Glen Canyon and the Colorado River.
Viewing various artist renderings of the Grand Canyon in Kolb Studio and Lookout Studio.
Exploring Hopi House and its Native American architecture.
Watching (carefully, from a distance) Grand Canyon elk families munch grasses and shrubs along the South Rim Trail.
Discovering the Historic Village Livery where the Grand Canyon pack mules await their next trail ride.
El Tovar Hotel, designed by Charles Whittlesey, opened in 1905 and is one of the many National Historic Landmarks at Grand Canyon National Park. Entrance doors are located underneath the overhead porch lights in the photo.
This moose now guards an entrance to the El Tovar Hotel Gift Shop.
In the late 1800s, Fred Harvey opened several restaurants and hotels along the Santa Fe Railroad from Kansas to California. These soon became famous for their food and service.
Canyon colors greet visitors of Bright Angel Lodge, designed by Mary Colter, a chief architect for the Fred Harvey Company.
The Hopi House, designed by Mary Colter, is a typical pueblo structure used by the Hopi Indians of Old Oraibi, a local village that dates to 900 AD.
The Hopi House Gift Shop sells Native American arts and crafts.
An original door leads to the second floor inside the Hopi House, opened in 1905.
Mary Colter designed Lookout Studio to follow the contours of the South Rim.
Lookout Studio provides stunning views of the Grand Canyon.
These mules are famous for taking riders along Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Photo by Martin Rogers, 1992.
“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”
—1 Samuel 16:7 KJV