I have shown this picture of the little old Rail Road water tank which was demolished a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t until the sunny day yesterday that I was able to get an “after” picture from about the same location. The leaves on the trees make the “before” look different but the hill to the left edge of the pictures is a good reference. Following my last blog on it, our Son Jon who lives in Burke, VA wrote about one of their neighboring suburbs attempting to save a Water Tower that was going to cost significant Dollars.
It would have helped if we could have had the Redi-Mix concrete truck still parked but that was not to be on Christmas Day. There is a lot of history in this area. Some years ago, the Big Blue River channel was moved from a short distance this side of the water tower to a straight channel about a quarter mile south of its natural location. There is a direct linkage between all of the stream straightening which has occurred during the past 60 years and the need to repair or replace bridges because of the channel deepening and the banks sluffing off. Many changes are justified on the basis of short term economic gain but fail to recognize the long term consequences and eventual cost.