Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Through The Seasons Part 5

Tried a different time of day this time - about 8pm on June 6. The corn is starting to green up. The photo below taken at about 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 20.
7:45 a.m. CDT on Sunday, April 8, 2012.
Below approximately 8:15 a.m. on March 18.
Below 9:00am CT on Sunday February 5.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Preserving History

It has been since early 2011 that excitement has begun to build for the 2013 centennial celebration of the Lincoln Highway, America's first transcontinental highway. To join in the fun, my hometown of Sutherland, Nebraska decided to restore an historic service station located along Highway 30, which, through Nebraska, is designated as the Lincoln Highway Nebraska Scenic and Historic Byway.

Below are three photos of the gas station as it has stood for many years.







While a lot of progress has gone on behind the scenes - fundraising, organizing, etc., there wasn't much progress. The two photos below show the site after doing a little clean-up

My husband and brother, foster son and nephew spent three long, hot, grueling days atop the roof tearing off the nearly 100 year old shingles and replacing it with historically-correct new cedar shingles.







And here is the progress to date - click on the image below to open a "photosynth" - a full 360 degree view. We've got a long way to go, but at least we're moving forward. Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sutherland Celebration Adds Flea-Market, Seeks Vendors

The Sutherland rodeo turns 75 this year, and the “biggest little Village in Nebraska” is pulling out all of the stops to celebrate.
Kids of all ages enjoy the races at the Sutherland soccer fields.
Already one of the largest 4th of July celebrations in western Nebraska, the list of festivities include two nights of rodeo on July 3 and 4 (three if you include the slack performance on July 2), parade, free community barbecue, golf tournament, junior queen contest, kids races, and frog races and live music and street dance at the outdoor beer garden.
The frog races, hosted by Seifer Farms Pasture Poultry are always popular
New this year is a flea market and street carnival that will take over Walnut Street from downtown to the Sutherland school.
Railroad Park is filled with good food, friends and family at the annual barbecue
The street fair will be anchored on the south (Main Street/Highway 30) by the Longhorn Bar beer garden, which has generously donated the outdoor stage for live music performances throughout the day. On the north, at the Sutherland School (Locust Street) will be Fun Jumpz and a pie and ice cream social. In between will be flea market stalls, crafters and food vendors.

The parade is the cornerstone of the celebration. Four generations of the Eckhoff family lead it off.
The 75th annual Independence Day celebration coincides with the Sutherland all-school reunion scheduled for July 6 at the Quality Inn and Suites in North Platte. A hometown festival is a bit of Americana at its best. By adding a street fair to the already beloved local celebration, organizers will welcome Sutherland ex-pats home to get reacquainted with the joys of small town living.

The Sutherland Rodeo celebrates 75 years in 2012.
Already more than twenty vendors have signed up for booths at the festival, and more are being sought. Anyone with items to sell can contact street fair chairperson Vicki Osborn at Ozzie’s General Store, 308-386-2252.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Endangered Bridge

My first attempt at a photosynth, I think the perfect subject is the historic bridge over the North Platte River north of Sutherland. This bridge is constantly endangered - it hasn't been substantially maintained or upgraded since 1914, and is sadly in need of both. The Lincoln County one and six year road plan calls for the replacement and demolition of this bridge.

By 19l2 the existing timber pile bridge over the North Platte River north of Sutherland had deteriorated beyond repair. Voters in Birdwood Precinct in which the bridge lay voted a bond issue in April 1912 and. again the following year, and the county sought financial assistance from the newly formed state aid bridge fund. Early in 1914 the Nebraska State Engineer produced six alternate concrete designs for a multiple-span structure at Sutherland. The designs delineated fourteen S0-foot concrete arches or twenty-three 33-foot concrete girders, with a variety of substructures and either 16-foot roadways or l2-foot roadways with a wider 2O-foot turnout at the bridge's center. When Lincoln County solicited bids in April for the Birdwood Bridge (so named for the precinct), it received responses from six bridge contractors: the Midland Bridge Company of Kansas City, Missouri, Monarch Engineering Company of Falls City Nebraska, Omaha Structural Steel Works, Central Construction Company of Colorado Springs Colorado, and J.L. Mullen and the Lincoln Construction Company both of Lincoln Nebraska, The county awarded the contract to the Lincoln Construction Company for the arches on wood pile foundations. Soon thereafter, the Lincoln-based firm began assembling a large crew at the site. Work progressed throughout the remainder of 7974 and into the following year. At the end of December, 1915, the immense stmcture, by now called the Sutherland State Aid Bridge, was completed. Total cost: $36,345, The Sutherland Bridge has carried traffic since, in unaltered condition. The significance of the Sutherland State Aid Bridge to the history of Nebraska bridge building can hardly be understated. This remarkable structnre is significant as perhaps the best remaining example of the state aid bridges. Although some 77 stmctures were built throughout the state under this program between 1912 and 1936, only 17 remain in use. Of these, only the Carns State Aid Bridge (NEHBS No. ROOO-72) and the Cambridge State Aid Bridge (NEHBS No. FN00-98) predate Sutherland, but both of these have been altered. The Sutherland Bridge is also technologically significant as the best example in the state of concrete arch construction. Moreover, of the 17 multiple-span concrete arch bridges built under the state aid program in the 1910s and 1920s, all but the Sutherland Bridge have been destroyed or substantially altered, leaving this stnrcture as the sole intact example of this important construction trend. The Missouri River bridges aside, the Sutherland State Aid Bridge is the most important vehicular span in Nebraska.

Update: A fully interactive photosynth: Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.

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