Photo album: Waterford Iron Bridge. Now go vote.

I took these photos of the Waterford Iron Bridge this afternoon, just as the sun was going down.

REMINDER:  You can vote every day through Oct. 12 for the Waterford Iron Bridge (explanatory blog post here).

See my album of 18 69 photos (some highly digitally-altered panoramas), the large slideshow (recommended), or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

Vote for Dakota County’s two Partners in Preservation finalists: the Waterford Iron Bridge and Historic Pilot Knob

Waterford Township Supervisor Liz Messner Waterford Iron Bridge Bridgewater Township Clerk Janalee Cooper Historic Pilot Knob

Waterford Township Supervisor Liz Messner and Bridgewater Township Clerk Janalee Cooper stopped by my morning corner office at Goodbye Blue Monday yesterday. They’re spreading the word about how the Waterford Iron Bridge is in the running for a portion of $1 million from Partners in Preservation. They’ve teamed up on their promotion efforts with Dakota County Historical Society and are encouraging people to vote one day for the Waterford Iron Bridge (Facebook page) and the next day for Historic Pilot Knob (PDF).

I’m conflicted. I grew up a mile from Historic Pilot Knob and have Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota ancestors. See my 2008 blog post when the site was purchased by the city of Mendota Heights, saving it from development.

Waterford Iron Bridge, Sept 2010 flood Waterford Iron Bridge, Sept 2010 flood 
But my affection is now for the Waterford Iron Bridge because I regularly visit there, biking and walking across it as it’s adjacent to the Carleton Arb.  It was one year ago this weekend when the flood nearly washed it away.

Northfielder Paul Hager has produced this gorgeous Waterford Iron Bridge video:

The Waterford Iron Bridge from Paul Hager on Vimeo.

Vote for Waterford Iron Bridge Scan this now to access voting on your smartphone

So 1) get your butt over to the Partners in Preservation Facebook page, 2) Like the page, 3) authorize their  app so you can vote, and then 4) vote every day till Oct. 12.

You can also vote via your smartphone. Scan their QR code to make it easy.

See these links for local Waterford Iron Bridge media coverage:

Waterford Bridge construction begins

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Work is proceeding on the new Waterford Bridge at the edge of the Arb in Dakota County. I took these photos this morning. See the Sept. 11 Arb news update for more.

The signs says that the road is closed but it’s quite easy to get through and cross the old bridge.

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