Truant Student Secret Escape Route, Bridge Spanning Ponce de Leon, Post-Railroad/Pre-BeltLine Era
The train bridge was part of a trail leading from Grady High to Inman Park and Candler Park, used by some students to skip school. The trail began in what is now Piedmont Bark, connected to the tracks, crossed this bridge, and continued southward through abandoned industrial buildings covered in kudzu, encampments, and near misses with police at former City Hall.
This bridge was the most harrowing part of the journey, being merely tar paper over trestles. One misstep could result in falling through and dangling, possibly getting caught, or falling into traffic and definitely getting caught.
Ranger: Paul Byron