ABOUT THIS PHOTO
“The Bridge of Scores” from the 1906 University of Virginia yearbook, Corks and Curls. Photo by Rufus Holsinger (1866-1930). This railroad trestle was built in 1901 near the entrance to the University Grounds, at the UVA Corner. Originally a graded crossing since the tracks were laid in the late 1840s, the road was dug out beneath the tracks to separate increasing street traffic from the dozens of passenger trains that passed through town each day. University students wasted no time adorning the new bridge with the scores of memorable football games. By the time this photo was taken in 1906, 27 victorious games had been memorialized on the bridge, and at least another six on the concrete support wall. While the road was dug out deep enough to accommodate the height of the electric streetcars, it was unfortunately not enough clearance for the big trucks that would one day come along. To this day, unsuspecting drivers continue to slam trucks into this trestle — leading locals to call it the “truck-eating bridge” up at the UVA Corner. (photo courtesy Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia)
The Shell & Wheat Press
Shell & Wheat Press is the publishing imprint of the Charlottesville Center for History and Culture. We have a long history of publishing books, pamphlets, guides, and of course our annual Magazine of Albemarle County History, which has been in regular production since 1941. As of 2018, the full archive of the Magazine is now accesssible online for free. A selection of our library of original publications is available below, all of which can be purchased online or here at our Museum offices here in Charlottesville. Look for more titles in the future. We are also in pre-production on a number of new websites and online exhibits that will all be published under the Shell & Wheat imprint.
Remembering the War
Exploring the Mall
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