Worn smooth in some spots, tracks sunk in time, each cobblestone was once held in the hand of a man, placed for the centuries - nigh well better equipped to outlast both creature and days.
Here are some photographs of the cobblestones on the corner of Westfield's Union and Railroad Avenues, under the CSX railroad viaduct. As cobblestones go, these are my favorites. This is the way my father would go when we drove to my grandparents' home on Dartmouth Street from the South-side of town. Sunday visits, Christmas, Thanksgiving...The train of memories like stones in the pathway of years. Is there a spot by history untouched?
Looking north up Union Avenue from Railroad Avenue. In place for well over 100 years, these cobblestones are smack-dab in the middle of major changes to the area's traffic flow, with the ongoing construction of a new bridge spanning the Westfield River. (December 1, 2007)
Speaking of rivers...The underpass regularly floods during heavy rains. A better drainage system is incorporated into the bridge plans, along with the raising of the railroad viaduct another foot or so to facilitate truck traffic. Right now, this is the only lane under the bridge that is 13'6" tall, just enough to accommodate the average tractor-trailer. (March 23, 2008)
Each stone a story... (October 6, 2007)
Each sunrise, a sunset... (October 30, 2007)
As always, thanks for stopping by and take care.