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Coos Bay McCullough Bridge (#1119)

Coos Bay McCullough Bridge (#1119)
Like so many other engineering projects from the 1930's, I was impressed by the level of aesthetic detail and concern for multiple uses. This is a pedestrian access point for the bridge. See description of bridge with #1118.

This access point was in a largely empty set of two parks surrounding the southern access to the bridge. One of the parks contained quite a bit of open space while the other was largely woods, both seemed quite pleasant and thus surprisingly unused. Considering that I had seen a fair number of homeless and displaced folk in various parts of the Coos Bay area, I expected to encounter some using this park as a resting area, but did not. I quickly discovered why – after exploring the parks for a few minutes, I came back to my car and found the police parked about 50 feet away, looking over at my car (they’ve probably run my license plate #). I had my camera in my hand, waved, and went about looking for shots of the bridge, which I guess was enough to convince them I wasn’t up to something, since they drove away.

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David Goulart
David Goulart
it was your license plate that attracted them in the first place. shouting "look at me, i'm from california".
after looking at the coos bay city webpage, i'm surprised you saw any homeless people in the area.
12 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to David Goulart
I just looked at the city web page, I see that it's definitely designed for tourists. It's a bigger city than you'd expect, and the south end of what was the downtown had quite a few relatively rough looking sections.
12 months ago.
slgwv
slgwv
Traditionally it was a timber town, and the economy was very depressed until they retooled for tourism, more or less in desperation. As a friend who works for a forestry company in the area put it years ago, the attitude was "why stay in hi school when you can get a job in the mill for $10/hr?" Well, those days are long gone, but it's been a traumatic shift.
12 months ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to slgwv
The mill also provided the sorts of release mechanisms needed for young males, that mall/service jobs just don't provide.
12 months ago.