Saturday, March 10, 2012

High Bridge Watchman Uncle John

I was so moved by this story I wanted to share it with you from our Virginia State Parks...
High Bridge Trail State Park is pleased to announce a newly acquired photo to its collection of historic images. The view is from a series of images detailing construction of the steel viaduct and originally taken by the resident survey engineer, Willis W. Vail, on April 10, 1914. The image is from a glass negative-  #1794 and bears the simple inscription - "Uncle John" the Bridge Watchman on duty.
"Uncle John" Redd the bridge watchman in 1914.

"Uncle John" the Bridge Watchman on duty...from a photo by Willis W. Vail and taken 4 p.m. April 10, 1914.

The picture was sent electronically as a digital image by Jim Gill, of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The original negative is in the possession of a collector in California who shared it with Gill, who was then kind enough to send it to the Park's Education Specialist, Bob Flippen, for inclusion in the park's collection. ...

This information along with Urscille Hamlin's thoughts and emotions became front page news in the March 2, 2012 issue of The Farmville Herald.

Read the entire story here on be sure to click the link above this about the FRONT PAGE NEWS!

High Bridge State Park is about 2 hours from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast. I hope you make it part of your history road trip when you visit Virginia!