'That PNW Bridge' Is No More

'That PNW Bridge' Is No More

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Vance Creek Viaduct is a well-known Pacific Northwest icon, despite the fact that it is owned by a private logging company and is forbidden to visit. As the second tallest railway arch and one of the tallest bridges built in the United States, “That PNW Bridge” is 347 feet high and over 800 feet in length and has been a photography hotspot for those who have dared to pass the neon orange “No Trespassing” signs and trudge across creeks, hills and cut down trees blocking the gravel trail to take in a view of the northwest so high into in the air.

Mason County is well known for its logging history as well as this railway bridge, which sits near Olympic National Park in the middle of logging property. Before its boom of popularity in 2012, due to Instagram posts giving away its location, the bridge was only known by the locals who mostly respected the property and kept it secret to the general public. The amount of annual visitors grew exponentially after “insta-famous” photographers posted pictures and revealed its location. Soon, people came from all over the world to capture the perfect photo, and along with that came more vandalism and destruction of the property.

The events which caused the bridge to close to the public involved vandalization, as well as a person who found themself stuck after climbing the substructures beneath the bridge. Hanging one’s feet off of the sides of the ties and on the edge of the bridge became a popular and dangerous activity as well. The private company decided to close the property by posting up signs and hiring guards to turn people around as a result. They hoped that this would draw people away from the viaduct.

It didn’t.

Still, years later, people have traveled from all over the country to find the hidden gem of the Pacific Northwest. They would risk having their cars towed and paying hefty fines to capture a moment before the bridge was gone for good.

At the end of this August, the private logging company decided to dismantle the railway ties due to people continuing to trespass and vandalize the property. Fires were started on the bridge by reckless people, graffiti litters the tresses, and garbage was left carelessly on the property.

I understand why the bridge was dismantled- the company wanted to avoid potential lawsuits. However, I cannot help but see this event as a greatly missed opportunity. Instead of destroying a piece of history, why not give the property to the national park that starts just a few miles away? The landmark would be a potential gold mine for tourism. Sure, it would cost money to preserve and make the bridge safe enough for the public, but as someone who has seen the place in person, I can’t help but be extremely disappointed.

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7 Signs You're From the 732

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If you're from New Jersey, you know how badly the state's looked down upon by outsiders (thanks a lot, Jersey Shore). But you know that all of those false accusations aren't true- the Garden State is your home and only you're allowed to make fun of it. Although Jersey's small, there are different regions and everyone thinks that their's is the best. Here are seven signs you're from the 732, AKA the best part of Jersey:

1. You know that Central Jersey is a place.

One of the biggest arguments is whether or not Central Jersey exists. I live in the middle of New Jersey, so it's pretty funny when people say it's not a real place. I'm not from South Jersey, and definitely not from North Jersey. Also, it's close to both Philadelphia and New York, not just one or the other. Perfect location.

2. Everywhere you go, you see a Wawa.

Legit everywhere, and you go there 24/7. All hail the holy grail.

3. Surf Taco means a lot to you.

Every time I come home from being away at school the first place I go to eat with my friends is Surf Taco. Even when I am home, Surf Taco's always on my mind. Who doesn't love a good taco with chips? P.S. I highly recommend their Teriyaki Chicken Taco, you won't regret it.

4. You go to all the summer concerts.

There's really nothing more fun than summer shows outside, and you already know that PNC Bank Arts Center and Stone Pony Summer Stage are the hot-spots. 'Tis the season of tailgating and enjoying a good show with your friends.

5. Two words: Pork. Roll.

I don't care what Chris Christie has to say, it's pork roll. Quite honestly, Taylor Ham just doesn't sound right. And what's better than a pork roll egg n' cheese on your favorite bagel? Nothing.

6. You live close to the beach...

Spring Lake, Manasquan, Asbury, you name it. You know these areas and where all of the good food spots are in each of them. Living so close to the beach makes for the perfect summers, but with summer comes the bennies.

7. ...So you can easily spot a benny.

If you're from Jersey and you don't know what a benny is, you most likely are one. Bennies usually come in packs; they bring lawn chairs and tents to the beach, wear socks and sandals, and have the "Jersey accent" because they're either from New York or close to.


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If You Post These 16 Things On Social Media, Can You Just Not?

The rest of the world doesn't care, I'm sorry.

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Honestly, we all have that one friend that posts every single detail of their life on social media. Whether it's good, bad, ugly or even straight up disgusting. To be honest we've all done it, but it needs to stop at some point, I'm saying if you're no longer a teenager yo need to cut the sh*t. Not every little thing needs to be shared with the world. So let me help you out, here's 16 things you should absolutely never post on your social media pages, and if you already do, please do everyone a favor and STOP!!

1. Your sex life...in detail and in general.

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Honestly I don't care how many times you and your significant other had sex last night, or where you did it. Thanks but no f******* thanks.

2. Anything about your bodily fluids.

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Seriously no one cares how much you puked or about your heavy flow.

3. Pictures of you attacking your baes face.

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We're not 12 so we all know what goes on in a relationship.

4. Pictures of you in bed with your bae.

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Once again we know what you just did, you don't need to show us.

5. A pregnancy the second you find out about it.

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Congratulations, but make it out of the "safe zone" first. But super happy for you.

6. Screenshots of your beef with somebody.

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You're making it worse for yourself and making yourself look dumb. Nobody thinks immaturity is funny anymore.

7. Screenshots of you and your baes conversations.

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Cool, they said something sweet to you. Wow, guess what, I get messages like that too but I don't post it.

8. Duplicates of the same pictures over and over.

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Cool, you wanna share it again a while after you post it, fine. You want to share it 50+ times in a month and a half, NO!!

9. Details about your "special" events.

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Okay so get this, Iowkey crashed a wedding with my mom because we saw every single detail about it online. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. Mind you we didn't lowkey crash it once, but we did it twice, and I have picture proof of it too...and no one even saw us.

10. You complaining about the same thing over and over again.

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It isn't going to bring awareness to anything. Example me quitting my job and letting everyone know about the crazy sh*t that goes in that store, there was a reason but if there isn't a reason, DON"T POST IT. Okay McDonald's forgot your ranch dressing once out the 359782358 times you been there....,did you die though?!

11. Speaking of work, we don't care when or how long your shifts are.

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Go to work, clock in, do your job and then clock out.

12. Anything racist, sexist...actually anything considered bullying.

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This might be consider bullying to some people but I'm doing this with good intentions, not to make somebody feel like crap on purpose.

13. Political rants/opinions that are just going to cause drama.

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If you can agree to disagree and not come at the person you don't like a mature way, STOP. Also, if you aren't registered to vote, I don't want to hear it, your opinion doesn't matter since you didn't act on it.

14. Your location 25/8.

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Why does everyone always need to know exactly where you are? We aren't your mom. Post about it alter.

15. People, especially children and babies, or animals being physically abused.

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Spreading violence isn't okay at all.

16. A picture or video of any person or animal that is no longer living.

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My friend was telling me about a person that he knew who made a public post of a baby that she lost pre-mature, she dressed her up and everything. Very sad to see and my heart goes out to her but why? (and this wasn't a post with a longer story behind it either, it just said the baby name and how much she weighed.)

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