all who wander are not lost

Interesting little neighborhood here next to the salt mines and railroads. Fallout zone for Zug Island – one of the most polluted places on the planet Earth.

I am sure that mushroom cloud plume is all just healthy white fluffy stuff.

Much of this hood dates to the early 20th century.

From WIKI:

Not far from Zug Island, the southwest part of the city sits atop a 1,500-acre (610 ha) salt mine that is 1,100 feet (340 m) below the surface. The Detroit Salt Company mine has over 100 miles (160 km) of roads within it.[30][31]

I wish I could say the condition of this bridge is unique to some ancient part of a ghetto someplace in Detroit, but honestly half the infrastructure in Michigan looks like this.

I’ll show you other areas in this region with the same level of erosion in later posts. This has been a hellish winter in these parts, and that means spring brings failing concrete and blown apart road surfaces. This is on top of not maintaining the roads and bridges properly to begin with.

The bridge I am showing you is under a busy road with plenty of heavy traffic whizzing by.

I spotted this pair of cement staircases while driving over the bridge. So I came down to ground level to check one out.

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Nothing to see from here thats exactly new – these are the exact views of the tracks and what not that you get driving by.

On top of steel blast furnaces, salt mines and railroad tracks, we have a nice complex of oil refineries.

Did you guess that this area has some of the worst air quality in North America ?

You guessed correctly.

Locals know this salt distribution company, Morton Salt.

“When it Rains, it Pours”

I hope thats not table salt sitting there.. lol

A complete flash malfunction of a photo. Pretty intense tho.

One Response to Trains, Oil, Salt and Steel

  • Back in 1984, I went on a tour of the salt mine. You cant do that anymore. It was one of the coolest things I have ever done. A nice near free-fall elevator trip to the bottom of the shaft and a great tour through about 1/4 of the mine. Saw all sorts of cool stuff, including old equipment that, when it is no longer needed or usable, they just dig out an alcove, park the equipment and let it rot. There was a truck down there from the early part of the 20th century that was nearly gone. I think I have pictures somewhere. I also got to bring up a bolder of salt. Which is now gone as it melted in the rain.

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