Coosa River Bridges, Photography

Awareness of the outside world. Coosa Riverkeeper.


Coosa River

Gate to Nowhere

Mise en scène

Highway 280 over the Coosa River in Childersburg AL, USA. Bridges do not have names that I could find.

Technical Details

Water. f/14.0, 1/125 sec., 80.0 mm, 1SO 400

Truck. f/13.0, 1/125 sec., 38 mm, ISO 200

Gate. f/9.0, 1/125 sec., 30.0 mm, ISO 400

The old fart in me would like to pause to point out the ability to change ISO.

This adventure was all about finding access. Since I was picking up shavings at Tractor Supply in Cburg, I figured I’d look for a photo outing in the area. The bridge! Not so fast. Apparently, riverside parks are not a thing in rural Alabama. Internet maps showed an unlabeled right turn just before the bridge. I found a gravel road that I assume served a small electrical substation. There were no signs indicating a private or closed road. I looked. I was surprised to find no indications of squatters hanging out nor high school students partying. [Teenage Wasteland]

Note to self. Watch your step. I could see how one could be looking through the viewfinder, sidling this way and that, thinking about what you see, taking one step the wrong way, and splat. End up in the river.


“Oldest Occupied Settlement in America… 1540.” Official Site for Childersurg, Alabama

Only in Your State: Most People Have No Idea The Oldest City In America Is Hiding Right Here In Alabama, Young, 2016

I’m sure there is discussion with St. Augustine, Florida, over this claim. “Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European and African-American origin in the United States.” St.A: Our History

Bridge details. (Why Detroit?) Detroit Free Press: Bridge Inspections, US 280 over Coosa River. According to this, the road is also AL 38.

I knew neither of these things. TIL.


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