It is doubtful that anyone in the past 1,000 years had ever seen the Eel River on such a rampage.
~Attribution to come.
Tunnel a mile long through a steep mountain,
The butt end of a five cantilever
Bridge across the eel river
Gorge that flooded eight feet deep in flooded
Tunnel Twenty Seven, Island Mountain,
On the way to Kekawaka, Nineteen
Sixty four, wars on Viet Nam and
Poverty, December, The Post
Discovers James Hampton, The
Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations
Millenium General Assembly,
The Reverend Doctor Martin King,
Junior and X newsconference, Bob
MacNamara Increasing the scope of war
While Dr. King got the Peace Prize,
Millenial rain, from the Russian River
Up the Eel To Eureka. Six,
Seven, and Nine inches each day homes
Swept away you should see the marks where
Water rose up out of canyons above
Highway and bridge — three steel bridges, (railroad)
Crossings, culverts – 500 of them
Tracks twisted and tossed down the hills,
Sixty miles of rip rap, forty thousand
Ties and the silt ten feet thick.
One hundred thirty photos of one Bridge
Show repair (another eighty damage).
Four months: open, trains clattering again
Through the mountains. They glanced back at the damage
Just long enough to know what they
Had to do to move forward again.
Note: The following pictures will only be briefly posted. They will likely be used in an article soon. But I wanted to share them briefly. They’re raw scans from the photographs as seen, not cropped or altered.