Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Roads from the Past
If you look closely you will see that the photograph is taken from the middle of the road. After crossing the small stream it turns right and then left with a small cut-bank to its right as it travels along the side of the ridge.
Upon returning home I began searching for maps. The earliest map I could find was from 1873 and indeed the road was marked as being public. Continuing my search I again found it on a map dated 1900. The next map dated 1941 no longer showed this road but instead denoted the newer road that now allows public travel to the farms and residences of the area.
While neither the road or the creek provide a path for human transportation today, the road, made my man, is slowly being reclaimed by nature and will disappear with time; whereas the creek, a natural feature, is still flowing much the same as it was for thousands of years before humans entered upon the scene and will probably continue to do so for thousands of years into the future.
While we humans think that we are nearly all powerful and in control of our world, our civilization is but a fleeting moment in time. A glance back at the past serves to remind us of just how unimportant we really are in the grand scheme of things.