24883 viewsJon Van LoonOctober 6, 2020Florida Keys, Florida, USADate shot: March 24, 2015
This is a photo of a span of Flagler's Folly, a railroad built by Henry Flagler through the Florida Keys to Key West. Trains ran on this railroad from 1912 to 1935. During the hurricane season that year a particularly violent hurricane destroyed much of this railroad, leaving the pictured span missing a section. Robert 'Evel' Knievel was a motorcycle daredevil rider who specialized in riding his bike over spans of space. In this regard he did more than 80 ramp to ramp jumps of different spacings. As an example at an extravaganza at Wembley stadium he attempted to jump a span of 13 single decker London Buses and crashed breaking his pelvis. When I photographed this missing span in Flagler's railroad I immediately thought of Evel Knievel, wondering if attempting to jump that span might been a challenge Knievel would have relished.