In 1898, the British began building this bridge to cross the Tsavo River, but two man-eating lions kept eating the workers at night. It was a very terrifying time, and eventually all of the workers went on strike. The leader of the project, Lt. Col. Patterson, finally shot the lions, but the not before they had eaten over 100 victims. This story was told in the book, The Man Eaters of Tsavo and again in the movie The Ghost and the Darkness with Val Kilmer (though the movie is a bit embellished. The bridge was bombed during WW1 when the Germans were trying to destroy the railroad, but the pillars are original. The lions’ skins were eventually stuffed and sent to the Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and are still there today. This railroad in a very real sense created the modern country of Kenya. The railway line runs from Mombasa on the coast to Lake Victoria in Uganda, and actually runs not 300 feet behind our house. RVA’s location was chosen thanks to this railroad… but that’s a story for another time.