Heartland Materials Aerial

Aerials - Fruitland - Jackson 08-13-2014When I’m northbound on I-55 just south of Fruitland, I can’t keep from swiveling my neck to see how much bigger the hole on the east side of the road has grown.

Ernie Chiles and I did a flyover on August 13, 2014, to get a good look at it. The building with the blue roof in Saxony Lutheran High School.

A closer look

Aerials - Fruitland - Jackson 08-13-2014Here’s a view from the northwest looking southeast. I-55 is on the right.

I’ve done quite a few quarry stories. Here are some of them (including at least one where I misidentified the Fruitland quarries).

 

Thebes RR Bridge from Air

Aerials Thebes Area 08-13-2014When Ernie Chiles and I made a pass over Cairo and the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers on August 13, 2014, we orbited over Thebes for a few minutes to capture the Thebes Courthouse (soon to come) and the 1905 railroad bridge.

I’ve always been fascinated by that bridge, and I’ve written about it and photographed it over the years.

Photo gallery of Thebes railroad bridge

Click on any photo to make it larger, then use your arrow keys to move through the gallery.

SEMO Port Authority from Air

Aerials SEMO Port Authority Scott City 08-13-2014When I shot Missouri Fibre playing with their giant pick-up sticks at the SEMO Port Authority in 2011, I knew the facility was big, but I didn’t realize how big it was until Ernie Chiles and I flew over it August.

You can read more about the port at its website.

Photo gallery of port authority

In addition to river and rail terminals, there are two huge quarries on the property. Click on any photo to make it larger, then use your arrow keys to move around.

 

Commerce from the Air

Aerials Commerce Area 08-13-2014Ernie Chiles and I were on a photo mission to shoot Cairo and the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers on August 13, 2014.. Our trip took us over Commerce on the way back. There are lots of open lots where homes and businesses used to be after the floods of 1973, 1993, and 2011 took their toll on the town.

When I did an earlier story on Commerce, I noted that the 2010 Census recorded a population of 67 in 30 households, down from 110 people in 42 households ten years earlier. I wonder how many will be left in 2020?

Tried to fight the floods

Aerials Commerce Area 08-13-2014At least two homeowners tried to hold back the river with concrete floodwalls. I don’t know if they succeeded. Click on the photos to make them larger.