Here is a place left abandoned by humans for more than half a century...
I'm going to tell you a story, but I'll start at the end. The long drive took us to a windy dirt road that wove under the I-55 bridge connecting Arkansas and Tennessee. Alongside the modern bridge are two antiques: The Frisco bridge, an 1892 railway corridor, and the 1916 Harahan bridge, pictured above. We walked underneath them, and one of my traveling companions immediately mouthed, "dystopia."
|More of the Harahan Bridge.|
|The Frisco Bridge's trestles from a distance.|
|Under the Frisco Bridge.|
|Frisco Bridge span.|
The original car parts are still on the bridge, and the original concrete ramp leading to the roadway is still there. I spotted the crumbling, vine-grown concrete road from the car as we drove back from Atlanta a few months ago, and made it my mission to find out what it was.
|Abandoned roadway from below.|
|On the abandoned roadway.|
|"Memories are movies that you direct"|
|"If you lie you have to remember what you say"|
|Cryptic message conquered by kudzu.|
|You're in for a ride.|
|The engineer waved at us.|
We scurried back down the hill and jumped into the car, a bit eager to get back into civilization after our brief taste of dystopia. Let me tell you: It's an unsettling place, even if the vestiges of society are continuing on their merry way all around you.