Photo album: Waterford Iron Bridge. Now go vote.


  1. Janalee Cooper said:

    Griff, the photos are fabulous! Thank you for your continued support of the Waterford Iron Bridge!

    September 30, 2011
  2. Liz Messner said:

    On behalf of Waterford Township and everyone who loves this bridge, THANKS for the wonderful photos! For all those voting for us, thanks too for your support, and stop out at the open house on Sunday, Oct. 9th from 1 – 4pm.

    September 30, 2011
  3. Griff Wigley said:

    You’re welcome, Janalee and Liz.

    What are the planned activities for the Oct 9 open house?

    September 30, 2011
  4. Jenna J. Erickson said:


    What a delight to peruse your photographs of the Waterford Iron Bridge! The sensitivity of your eye with this subject amazed me. I love the rusty bolt shot.

    Thank you for sharing!

    October 1, 2011
  5. Janalee Cooper said:

    Griff, A Late Good Evening to You!

    Our plans for the Waterford Iron Bridge Open House are as follows:

    * Sunday, October 9th, from 1-4p at the Waterford Iron Bridge
    * We have a table of card players attending to play “bridge” on the “bridge”.
    * We will be serving cookies and lemonade.
    * We found out today, that we will be able to give Caribou Coffee coupons to the first 100 guests( the coupon reads “Buy One Drink, Get the Second One Free”.
    * We will have a story board on display with pictures of the Iron Bridge, and have copies of the orginal documents to look at.
    * You can find the Iron Bridge by going north on MN Hwy 3, turn right on Dakota County 47, go approx 1 mile, turn right on Canada Ave.
    * Everyone is welcome, and please remember to vote through Oct. 12th at

    Thank you everyone for your continued support!

    October 4, 2011
  6. Griff Wigley said:

    Jenna, I hear you’re a photography buff (GBM rumors) so I really appreciate your comments.

    October 7, 2011
  7. Griff Wigley said:

    Thanks for that update, Janalee. I hope to be there on Sunday.

    October 7, 2011
  8. kiffi summa said:

    Just the word ‘milkweed’ brought to mind this memory,so allow me a small digression, please. ..

    When I was just a little kid, 6,7, 8 perhaps, we had lots of small things to do that helped with the “War Effort” (W W II). One was to take old pillowcases and walk the fields to pick the burst milkweed pods, and fill our sacks with the down/kapok.
    It was used to make life vests… seems like it would just be heavy and soggy when wet, but both the word and this picture reminded me of this fall activity.

    October 7, 2011
  9. Liz Messner said:

    The wildflowers are a result of Carleton’s Arb Director, Nancy Braker, request to seed the areas disturbed around the Dudley(new)Bridge with native plant seed. Each year as it becomes more established we will be treated to nature’s beauty at it’s best. Thanks Nancy!

    October 10, 2011
  10. Griff Wigley said:

    That’s way cool, Liz. Thanks for letting us know. And props to Nancy.

    October 10, 2011
  11. Jane McWilliams said:

    A prize winning shot, Griff. I admire no only your eye, but also your ability to get out into the world at dawn to put it to such good use!

    October 11, 2011
  12. Griff Wigley said:

    Thx Jane, but early morning is easy for me. It’s the mid-afternoon time slot (nap time) that’s tough!

    October 12, 2011
  13. Janalee Cooper said:


    The photos are so eye catching…Waterford Iron Bridge at it’s best! Thanks for your continued support…we are still moving forward in the contest …hoping to qualify for the add’l $5,000 with the extra push here at the end. Keep voting…it is all making a difference!

    October 12, 2011
  14. Jenna J. Erickson said:

    You are welcome Griff! Thank you so much for all of the beautiful photos of the bridge and its surroundings. Such a treat for those of us who can’t visit easily.

    We appreciate all you have done to spread the word about this worthwhile endeavor!

    October 12, 2011
  15. Griff Wigley said:

    Thanks, Janalee. Let us know when the results are posted.

    I’ve updated my Waterford Iron Bridge photo album (link to large slideshow) with a couple dozen additional photos, now totaling 69.

    October 13, 2011
  16. Janalee Cooper said:


    The Basilica of St Mary’s won the popular vote contest for the Partners in Preservation contest and automatically recieves its’ grant request of $100,000.The next step is for the Advisory Council, lead by the mayors of St Paul and Minneapolis,to decide how to distribute the rest of the money.
    Liz and I have an report to file by Wednesday detailing all of our efforts to support the Waterford Iron Bridge campaign, which will factor heavily in the award decisions of the Advisory Council. The National Historic Trust representatives that visited the Open House were very supportive of our chances…and impressed by the community wide support of the Iron Bridge!
    Liz will be contacted on Wednesday, November 9th with the results of the Advisory Council, so all we do now is wait for the call.
    Thanks again everyone for your terrific support of the Waterford Iron Bridge!

    October 17, 2011
  17. Griff Wigley said:

    Holy shit! Nfld Patch: Waterford Iron Bridge Awarded $95,000

    Facing groups with more people behind it than call Northfield home, it was announced Thursday that the small group of volunteers trying to rehabilitate the Waterford Iron Bridge had been awarded $95,000 in its quest—the third highest amount given.

    November 10, 2011
  18. Liz Messner said:

    To say that Waterford Township is excited would be the understatement of the year! Being awarded this amount of money for our bridge is a result of ALL the effort and support we have received from everyone in the community. This is a ‘little guy wins big’ scenerio and we couldn’t be happier about it. So many people behind the scenes were involved in this project, and to all of you THANK YOU! As the repairs advance we will be sure to keep you posted.

    November 10, 2011
  19. Robert Palmquist said:

    Awesome, this is great news !!!

    November 10, 2011
  20. Griff Wigley said:

    Liz, this really is amazing. You and Janalee should take the rest of the week off. 😉

    When’s the celebration/party?

    November 11, 2011
  21. Griff Wigley said:

    It’s also cool that Waterford Bridge’s Dakota County ‘partner’ in the competition, Historic Pilot Knob in Mendota Heights, got “$75,000 to bury existing power lines that currently disrupt the natural landscape.” My ancestors are likely happy about this.

    November 11, 2011
  22. Janalee Cooper said:


    Liz and I would like to thank the following people for their outstanding support work on the Waterford Iron Bridge Project.
    * Hayes Scriven, Northfield Historical Society-he provided the initial launch of the Wateford Iron Bridge Facebook page.
    * Jenna Erickson, Ass’t Director of the Madeline Island School of the Arts-she managed the uploading of all the creative material on the Facebook page and provided much needed expertise in this area.
    * Chris Casper, Photographer-he shot the profile images we used for all of our promotional materials.
    * Paul Hager, Northfield Cable TV-his efforts with the video were recognized by the National Historic Trust and Advisory Council as being able to convey the heart and soul of the project.

    And last but not least, Liz and I are grateful for the incredible support from all the individuals and groups who tirelessly promoted the story by every means at hand.

    What a win for the Waterford Iron Bridge!

    November 15, 2011
  23. Jenna J. Erickson said:

    I was so happy to help!

    November 16, 2011

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