This is a panoramic view of Coal Bank Slough in Coos Bay, Oregon. This image was assembled from four snapshots, and then the edges were smoothed using computer image manipulation.
The result is a nice looking photo that gives you the feeling of actually being there. Since the time this photo was taken (1990), the bridge walkways have been updated, and the area that has the piles of logs now has a processing plant. You can see that photo here.
This bridge originally pivoted to allow small boats to pass, but the pivot mechanism has since been removed and the bridge is now permanently fixed in place, sitting on steel I-beams. This slough got its name from the nearby coal deposits that were mined in the late 1800s and early 1900s. During the energy crunch of the 1970s, there was some serious consideration given to reopening the coal mining operation. In anticipation of that, the SP did some improving of the branch in order to allow unit coal trains to run. Although this never took place in reality, I plan to add the coal operation to the Coos Bay branch on my model railroad.
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