Monday, August 1, 2016

wander about ...

i was off work today (yay!!!!!)
so while running some errands i wandered about in search of a bridge i had briefly seen from a distance in Ramsay.
from a sign at a park across from the bridge> "Millions of tons of mining and logging materials have crossed the Black River on this stone arch bridge. Yet it's no surprise that the Ramsay Keystone Bridge remains structurally sound. After all, it was built in 1891 ~ a newcomer compared to Roman stone arch bridges that have stood for 2,000 years.
"The 'keystone' refers to the last ~ and most important ~ stone added to the arch, the one at the top that holds the whole structure in place without mortar. The downward force on the arch spreads from the keystone to all the other stones. A wooden frame supports the arch during construction until the keystone is placed.
"Stone arch bridges were common before the Industrial Revolution made iron and steel bridges the norm. It isn't known why the Chicago & North Western Railroad chose to build this bridge of stone so late in the 19th Century, but a bridge iron worker and railroad historian notes that this structure is well suited to the type of rock underlying it. The bridge which cost $48,322 to build, consists of a series of arches, each with a keystone to lock it in place. The 5-foot-thick blocks are limestone from Kaukauna, Wisconsin. The bridge is 45 feet long, 44 feet wide, and 57 feet high."
this picture is from the other side of the bridge, in the park. i was sitting on a concrete block in what looked like the foundation for a building that no longer stood there. it was so relaxing to just sit in the sun, listen to the river, and feel the wind. i could have sat there all day long.
(again from the sign> "The M3A1 Stuart Light Tank which is located on the east side of the Black River was placed following the WPA days. It replaced a cannon which originally stood on the site."
this was a large four-sided fireplace. there were racks built into each of the fireplaces and each also had hooks that swung out and back in for pots and such. i imagine they were used quite frequently when it was first built in 1936.

this was a very neglected and sad looking tennis and basketball court at the entrance to the park, which was mostly playground items for kids. i don't think it is even used anymore, which is probably a good thing because for some reason looking at it made me think of a Stephen King novel... and The Shining.
these beauties were in a roadside park on the way home
i've shared pictures before of the front of this bank, and today just noticed the small tile squares above the windows (yes, i know, i must work on my situational awareness skills)
a random house in the neighborhood. i took the picture because, after the long winters here, spring and summer are just an unnecessary excuse to plant more flowers.
i know i've blogged before about loving the craftsman style of home. there are some houses here that i love for various other reasons.  for example, on the one above, i love those small windows above the porch with their little lace curtains. they look as if they are just there for looks because i'm not sure if there is an actual room that would fit there based on the slope of the roof and the windows and roof behind them. i think they are just there for decoration, and might maybe have added more natural light onto the porch at some point in time (?)
this house i love for sooo many reasons!
see those windows on the second floor and the one on the first? those decorative thingies? love!!!
i love the upstairs deck, altho i'm not sure that they use it as such (i would, i would!)
i love the columns and deck, and the railings both upstairs and down. but what i really love downstairs is the little glass room/door that encloses the front door. like a tiny room to prepare for getting out in the snow and cold, and to shake it all off before going in the house. like the enclosed front porch (our foyer?) that we have.


  1. Love, love, love all of this. You have such a keen eye. More, please.

  2. Love the keystone bridge in particular. I doubt that anything we build today will last as long - or be as beautiful.


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