Trains Shaping American History - Garfield Street Footbridge

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming WY #12296

(Post #16 in the "Why I Love Laramie" series)

Trains.  The Transcontinental Railroad.  The main reason many towns across the mid United Stated exist at all.  Naturally, these towns sprung up on both sides of the tracks and early on people just crossed them to get from one side of town to the other.  

However, as towns grew and more tracks were laid, there came a time when it was no longer fitting, and downright dangerous, for people to make their way across the actual tracks. So that is how crossings like the Garfield Street Footbridge came about.

You'd think that by now it would be obsolete - a relic of old times.  That everyone going anywhere just goes in a car.  Surprisingly, a good number of people still use this bridge every day.  Most use it as the crossing it was intended to be whereas others like to go up and just watch the trains - feeling, not just hearing, the roar as they rattle by underneath. 

People on Garfield Street Footbridge

Garfield Street Foot Bridge

Its just another little piece of Laramie history that is still around.  And seriously, the trains are amazing up close! 

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    Rainer
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    Steve Ewing - Keller Williams Realty
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    Brenda - Always loved the steam engines when they would come through town.  Somehow the horns on the trains today just do not have that "sound" that comes from a real steam whistle.  Thanks for the blog.  By the way I am old but do not consider myself a relic.  Grin

    Jan 18, 2011 05:41 AM #1
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    Roy Kelley
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    Well done localism. It makes me want to visit Laramie! Keep up the good work for your community.

     The colors of winter in Maryland. Life is good in Montgomery County!

    Jan 18, 2011 07:18 AM #2
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    Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
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    Hi Steve - Never thought about it, but it's true - current day horns are certainly stop you in your tracks loud.  I'm not so sure I've ever heard the whistle kind - except on TV.  Thanks for dropping by!

    Hi Roy, Thanks for dropping by again.  Still taking beautiful photos of flowers I see!

    Jan 18, 2011 08:27 AM #3
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    Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
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    I love trains.. I think it would be fun to stand on the bridge and watch them.... what a cool thing!!

    Jan 18, 2011 11:44 AM #5
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    Thanks Richard for all the encouragement.  I am truly humbled by the star. 

    Jan 18, 2011 02:29 PM #6
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    Hi Sheila!  It is cool - you wouldn't believe how loud they are and how close they seem.

    Jan 18, 2011 02:30 PM #7
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