Friday, October 22, 2010

Steel mill demolition

An old steel mill along the Ohio River in Daviess County, Ky., is coming down .

I don't know much about that particular site, but I am familiar with the large numbers of smokestack factories here in the Huntington-Ashland-Ironton area that have come down. Some being redeveloped. Some sit idle. Meanwhile, I sometimes drive through neighborhoods built to house people who worked at those factories. A while back, I saw a photo of a neighborhood in northeast Ohio -- I think it was Youngstown -- that was home to steelworkers. The houses there looked just like those in Portsmouth and Ironton, Ohio.

Old bridge, new life ... for now

A 100-year-old bridge at Follansbee, W.Va., is getting some repairs. The first phase is almost done, and the remainder will be completed next year, according to this article in The Herald-Star of Steubenville, Ohio.

I'm not sure which bridge that is -- it's been a decade since I was up that way last -- but I do know the area from Wheeling to the Pennsylvania has some interesting old bridges. I've driven across some, and they scared me, but they were interesting.