Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Cottonwood Bridge

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
identity.

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.

Montana, bridge, Havre, Milk River, prairie

Montana, bridge, Havre, Milk River, prairie

Montana, bridge, Havre, Milk River, prairie

Montana, bridge, Havre, Milk River, prairie

Montana, bridge, Havre, Milk River, prairie

Montana, bridge, Havre, Milk River, prairie

Montana, bridge, Havre, Milk River, prairie


Montana, bridge, Havre, Milk River, prairie

Montana, bridge, Havre, Milk River, prairie

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