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Parallel lines of steel stretch toward the horizon, interrupted by overgrowth and dappled shade. Half-hidden below the center of the photographic frame, a pair of triangular wings rises at a 45-degree angle from the railroad tracks into the encroaching brush. Between them is a horizontal grid of wooden and metal bars. This arrangement of bars constitutes what is variously called, depending on one's location in the English-speaking world, a cattle guard, cattle grid, or stock grid. The bars are spaced such that the hoof of any would-be bovine or ovine trespasser can easily slip into the shallow pit between them. The aim is to prevent livestock from even attempting to cross.
Originally published in RCC Perspectives © 2017 Rachel Carson Center.
Benson, E. S. (2017). The Cattle Guard. RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society, 49-55. http://dx.doi.org/10.5282/rcc/7774
Date Posted: 18 February 2019
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