I thought a lot about what to choose for this challenge. I also drove around looking for something that was close but also that I would enjoy photographing over the next year.
My father and grandfather both worked for the railroad so I have always enjoyed being around trains and the railroad yards. I have been by the old railroad bridge near the lake over Main Street in Rowlett several times but hadn’t really given it much thought. Now that I am involved in photography, I see many things differently.
The age of the bridge and road makes me wonder what it was like when it was new and how it has changed through the years. I imagine the old cars and trucks that have passed under this bridge. And I am sure it has seen an occasional horse and buggy over the years as well! The road is part of the original Bankhead Highway which was the second trans-continental highway built in the United States.
The highway arrived in Rowlett in 1921 and the bridge was built in 1922. The highway was later designated as US Highway 67. The road was renamed again to State Highway 66 when the route of US 67 was changed to follow Interstate 30. With the approval of a new water reservoir, 66 was rerouted to the north to its current location and Lake Ray Hubbard now covers a portion of the old 66 east of this old railroad bridge.
The lake may have reduced this historic highway to a dead end old road, but the railroad bridge was clearly built to last.
I chose to present the photo in B&W to invite the viewer to step back in time.