Railroad bridge!

Look at those arches. Pretty pretty pretty!

Railroad tracks ran through Madison from 1838 onwards, but by 1913, automobiles were pretty common. Trains blocked traffic as they ran through town, creating huge jams. The townspeople rallied and cried, “Something must be done!” (Probably with pitchforks.)

What a jam!

So in 1913 (or 1914), they started raising the tracks so trains wouldn’t interfere with traffic. They made a two-mile long, 75-foot-deep cut towards the east side of town, and they took those 600,000 cubic yards of dirt west to build the main elevation through Madison.

Bwidge!

The new elevation, complete with its fancy new bridges like this one, was pretty much ready by 1915 or 1916.

 
Reference:
Cunningham, John T. (1998). Images of America: Madison. Arcadia Publishing: Dover, NH.

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2 Comments to “Railroad bridge!”

  1. I love the light and colors!

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