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Monday, October 4, 2010

St. Lous to the Ohio

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We overnighted at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park which is on the western edge of the St. Louis metroplex, above the Missouri River. A very nice and quiet campground on a ridge top in a mixed hardwood forest. All the sites have concrete pads. This site is non-electrical.

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Here is a view along the drive just beyond our site.

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We turned in to Fort Massac State Park, just before crossing the Ohio River into Paducah, KY. A nice little park with gravel sites, electric and water. The park is at the location of historic Fort Massac. The Ohio River is a fairly substantial body of water, with barge traffic.

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The interstate bridge crossing the river has two large clear spans, this one is the larger of the two. Where would we be without bridges?

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Carla and I rode sort of a dinghy bike trail along the river to get to this spot.

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In the previous picture you can see the bridge deck overhanging the main girders. These bird nests lined the entire space between the girder and the deck above. I believe these are swallow nests, probably a barn swallow.

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Carla and a wooden bridge.

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A layout of the 1802 fort. There is a foundation from an earlier fort on the grounds as well. It seemed to be a popular place.

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Officer’s quarters just left of center with infantry diehards far left and right. A dry moat surrounded the place.

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Juxtaposition of the old frontier and new.

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As mentioned, officer quarters with a comely maiden, just to tiddy up the place.

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A corner building for fire suppression on an enemy. There is a slacker not doing his job at the top.

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A view from the river side.

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Another nice view of the Ohio and its twin clear span interstate bridge.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Guys!

    Glad you got the blog going again. Good pics. Carla, I like your new purse! Have fun,

    Gayle

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