"Tracks In Time"
High Bridge over Deer Creek,
An easy, 1-mile hike along the old Monon Trail, part of the Delphi trail system, will bring you to High Bridge. The abandoned rail bridge crosses over Deer Creek, that James Whitcomb Riley wrote about in his poem “On the banks o' Deer Crick.”
A story from a Delphi historian pointed out how, back in the 1920’s, this Dear Creek Valley was proposed to be a state park. However, when the Great Depression hit, that idea fell through. So, when you walk out to the middle of the span, if you can handle heights, you’ll have a fine view of this beautiful valley along with Whistler Woods, an adjacent NICHES Land Trust preserve.
Poem by Elaine McConnell
Going away or going to
Somewhere known or somewhere new.
Lines so close, but fade afar
Closeness and distance, like the stars.
Rails to nowhere
Not unlike my mind
Thoughts to guide and unwind.
High Bridge, a bridge no more
Holds the tracks above the woods
Enables eyes to view nature's goods.
Black and white,
Is it real?
Are there shades or gray, or is it steel?
Eyes can see what they want
Tracks that come or tracks that go
Only my mind is to know.
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