A few miles down the road from the prairie
sunflowers of the previous post is where
Cottonwood Bridge crosses the Milk River.
The bridge is truly a northern Montana
cultural icon that is adorned with the
etched signatures of hundreds of people
who have crossed the bridge over the past
eighty or so years. I don't generally
condone scratching a name or message
onto public property, but in this case, all
those names and dates give this little
country bridge an undeniable historical
The oldest signature I found on the bridge
during this visit was dated May 27, 1945
as seen in the seventh and eighth photos.
A worthwhile article about the bridge from
The Havre Daily News can be found here:
Etched with History: The Cottonwood Bridge
This post is dedicated to the Hardy Boys
Canoe Club, Libby, Montana, 1996.
Photographed on September 1, 2017.