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Railroad Bridge Support - C. Shoup


“Standing in the Kankakee River, just west of Warner Bridge, are a series of old railroad bridge supports. I spent my childhood driving across the Warner Bridge, looking at the supports, and I daydreamed about the steam locomotives that must have traveled over them… “I later learned that no—not a single train ever passed atop the supports. Why? Because the company that intended to build the train line from Chicago to St. Louis had a fire in its Chicago warehouse ; the company went bankrupt; the train bridge across the supports was never erected… “But they’re such fascinating structures—like Mayan ruins. One October, when the river was at its lowest point, I strapped my camera equipment to my back, waded to the middle support, climbed the 25 feet to its top, and I photographed it from the top down. “Here are two tiled pieces that resulted from that day.”


Railroad Bridge Support

Railroad Bridge Support #1 Sixteen 35mm photographs; framed in cherry Collection of Carol Chatburn


Railroad Bridge Support

Railroad Bridge Support #2 Sixteen 35mm photographs; framed in cherry



2 pieces - Railroad Bridge