Sunday, May 24, 2015

Photo suite 178 -- love locks

One of my favorite places is the Big Four Bridge, a pedestrian walkway over the Ohio River, which has become a destination for lovers who write their names or initials on a padlock, fasten it to the bridge and then toss the key into the river, metaphorically locking themselves together forever.

Unfortunately the heartless party-poopers at our waterfront agency come around and cut the locks off, apparently worrying that the extra weight will cause the bridge -- built to hold railroad trains -- to collapse.  But not to worry -- I document the locks whenever I see them, so even if the lock itself has gone to the landfill, it lives on in cyberspace.

In honor of my wedding anniversary this weekend, here's a bunch of locks from the bridge -- dedicated to the one I love.


  1. We saw this in several places in Europe where there would be hundreds of them on one bridge. Maybe thousands and no bridge collapsing.

  2. In Paris part of the Pont des Arts fell off in june 2014 due to the thousands of locks that people had attached to it.

    1. yes, I saw photos of that -- actually it was a section of railing, nothing structural -- I think it was the first section as you entered the bridge, so people who were in a real hurry to put their lock on would stop right there, and there were way too many in that one place.