Built with 30-degree turn midway across, Old Chain Rocks Bridge was a significant landmark for travelers driving Route 66 for more than three decades. It closed in 1968 when a new bridge carrying Interstate 270 opened upstream, but in 1999, it was re-opened to the public for bikers and pedestrians. (Flickr/Paul Sableman)
Grandfather Mtn. "Here's a recently discovered blast from the past. We hadn't really seen any photos of the old Top Shop being built until this one. The building was open from 1961-2008. Before this building was built, the small building with the dark wood exterior was the gift shop at the top. The platform that you can see to the left of the approach to the Swinging Bridge had weather equipment on it. Also, notice that the parking lot is much smaller than it is today." Photo by Hugh…
St. Louis, Missouri: These gothic water intakes were built in 1894 and are still in use. These structures serve as water intakes for the Chain of Rocks Water Treatment Facility, which opened in 1894 and is still in operation. Excellent views of the St. Louis skyline and the Mississippi River are visible from the bridge. Bald eagles may also be present during colder weather.
Watch A 1,600 Foot Bridge Get Blown To Pieces. Aaaaand boom goes the dynamite. After 84 years of service, the historic Fort Steuben Bridge—which connected Ohio and West Virginia along the Ohio River—was demolished on Tuesday with the aid of more than 150 pounds of explosives. Hate to see you go, old friend, but love to watch you get blown away.
Barbarossa, June 1941: Dazed Soviet POW is searched by his German captors. Such was the staggering force of the German opening hammer blow that the Soviet army disintegrated in place or retreated in anarchy abandoning huge amounts of materiel and surrendering enormous swaths of territory, not to mention hundreds of thousands of POWs. It was the weather that finally stopped the German Juggernaut.
Circa 1900. "U.S.S. Buffalo, ship's company." A certain amount of mugging for the camera here, as well as various props and a canine mascot. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Company. Shorpy Historical Photo Archive :: Buffalo Pup: 1900
A team of NOAA researchers confirmed today the discovery just outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate strait of the 1910 shipwreck SS Selja along with an unidentified early steam tugboat wreck labelled the “mystery wreck”.