Located in the Olympic Peninsula, really close to one of the few temperate rain forests in the world - The Olympic National Park - you will find the second-highest railroad arch in the United States, after the nearby High Steel Bridge. The Vance Creek Bridge was built for a logging railroad owned by the Simpson Logging Company in 1929. About 41 years later, the bridge was decommissioned during the decline of logging on the Olympic Peninsula. Interestingly, the following was written in the New York Times (@nytimes) on March 30, 1992: "It wasn't so long ago that the Olympic Peninsula, home of the only temperate rainforest in the contiguous United States, called itself the logging capital of the world. A big man and a chainsaw could cut enough trees in a day to build two average-sized houses. Of course, those trees may have lived five centuries and harbored untold biological secrets, and therein lies the conflict. The public owns most of the big trees left in the country. More and more, they are valued for something other than building materials. Because of environmental restrictions, concern about the shrinking habitat of endangered wildlife like the northern spotted owl, automation and over-cutting on some lands, the timber industry here is but a ghost of what it once was. This spring, Mr. Phillips, who owns one of the last of the small timber operations on the peninsula, is closing his business. For him and his crew, this is the final clear-cut." As the Vance Creek Bridge continues to gain popularity as an attraction for photographers due to its isolation and special ambience, its abandoned structure reminds us of the past. Things we used to do, build or take for granted in the past are no longer valid or useful today. One can only hope that our present actions leave behind only a bunch of photogenic structures... "The future depends on what we do in the present." Don't you think?