Dodd-Ford Bridge, Amboy Minnesota

| Monday, May 17, 2010

from flickr user PreservationNation
Over time, historical structures usually meet their demise. It's the way things unfortunately work in the U.S.A. In a nation just over 200 years old, how many places can you find that are even half that age? Well, the Dodd-Ford Bridge south of the tiny southern Minnesota town of Amboy is one of those structures. Built in 1901, it is currently closed to all traffic and was last rated to support a mere three tons (per axle I assume) of weight. Sure, it sits virtually in the middle of nowhere crossing a basically unknown river (The Blue Earth River) but it is historically important and unique - not to mention photographic. Citizens view it as being of such historical importance that it is on this year's list of the ten most endangered places in Minnesota.