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High Trestle Trail Bridge Artwork | by w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines)
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High Trestle Trail Bridge Artwork

The design of this bridge is meant to give you the impression that you are riding down a mine shaft. This is in tribute to the local coal mining operations that once dotted this part of the country.


What is a trestle bridge? Trestle bridges were commonly used in the 19th and early 20th centuries to span wide valleys. They are most commonly seen on rail road lines and were almost always made from timber.


As part of the "Rails to Trails" program, the State of Iowa in conjunction with the local counties and community groups, have begun converting outdated rail roads to bike trails. An eagerly awaited bridge along the Ankeny to Woodward, IA trail opens on April 30th, 2011.


There are a lot of things that make this bike trail amazing... It;s 13 stories high, is 1/2 mile long, and includes a really interesting design from David Dahlquist. The bridge is designed to look like a coal mine shaft complete with steel trusses at crazy angles and tile that looks like coal.


It is absolutely amazing to ride on - and the view from the bridge is even better. As you drive out over the bridge, you can't help but feel like you are going down into the earth. I'll post more as the workers get closer to completing it.


Canon 7d and 15-85 lens.

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Taken on July 27, 2011