Friday, February 22, 2013

Project 365-ish: February 22, 2013

Plank Road, 1914-1927- Imperial Sand Dunes, California by Crunchy Footsteps
paint can pinhole camera. paper negative, 25-sec exposure, developed in Caffenol C, colorized in Photoshop

Plank Road, 1914-1927- Imperial Sand Dunes, California

Back in the day that the new Model Ts were conquering the landscape, the Imperial Sand Dunes posed a challenge. Traction on the dunes was impossible, and the wind constantly shifted the sand, changing the terrain.

Between 1914 and 1927, the solution was a movable wood plank road of seven miles in length, to cross the ever-moving and treacherous dunes. It was made up of 8x12-foot sections, and was moved by a mule team any time the road became covered in sand.

We visited a preserved section of this plank road at exit 156 (Grays Well Rd) off Interstate 8, in the Imperial Sand Dunes, California. It's an amazing construction, and equally amazing is how well this section is preserved, after 100 years of constant sand blasting!

image made January 24, 2013

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