Just last month — November 2018 — a man from English, Indiana, was sentenced in Federal district court in Indianapolis to two years in prison for wildlife trafficking. His offense is illegal commercial fishing of paddlefish, which are desirable American substitutes for European caviar.
SR 7 runs across the middle of the bluff; Old SR 7 is near the bottom. It provides a good study — what happens to a road when it’s not maintained? Potholes fixed, yes, but the edge gradually wears away, invaded by grass. The levelness disappears, as the rock underneath moves away, sliding downhill by gravity. Eventually it becomes as exciting as a roller coaster to drive on (this photo is the good part). And a good deal more scary.
Sometimes a coal train gets between us and the park we’re going to. This was on the way to the Ginap Run boat launch.
Locks and Dam 53, built in 1929.
There is a Metropolis in Illinois, and Superman actually does live there.
Preparing to do field research. Investigating the DeLorme maps. Looking at satellite views of online maps to find where the parks might be; making hand-drawn maps of where they might specifically be located; writing down a destination address to guide us, via a mapping device on our smartphone, to where the potential park might actually be. Here: parks in the Pittsburgh area. Rochester: found! Leetsdale: found! Sewickley: ran out of time.
Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site, Illinois
No boat launch here.