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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.

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.
2 years 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.
2 years ago.