Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bridging the Gap #5

Bridging The Gap is hosted by Alice over at I Was Born2Cree8 all this week.  Please take a moment to stop by her blog for a visit and to find other participants.  It's been lots of fun doing this project and visiting others. 
Here is an interesting bridge located at a park in Argyle, MN.  Argyle is one of those towns that came into existence due to the railroad.  James J. Hill owned the Great Northern Railway and completed the line between Crookston, MN and the Canadian Border.  Here is a brief history of the Great Northern Railway from the Great Northern Historical Society.   Now on to the photos....
From the front....
 
Up a bit closer....
 
Going into the car....
  
A peek at Middle River as we go inside.  It's down, but it can flood.  The town is diked to prevent flooding from this river which empties into the Snake River which empties into Red River of the North.  Folks these are some of those strange north flowing rivers we barely hear about...  
  
  
 inside....
  
Other side....
  
Back of car....
  
Now when we get on the other side of the car there is a field with this old building.  I think this was once a squatter's cabin or maybe just a settler's cabin.  I wasn't able to speak to anyone who knew at the time of my visit so I can't be sure.  The city website doesn't mention this so I can't check it at the moment. 
The first view is coming right off the train car bridge.  The building is sitting on a concrete slab and is raised on blocks.  I assume this is to protect it from further water damage.  If I had a better flash or it had been sunny, I would have tried to get inside pictures.  I can say that the loft/second story floor is no longer present.  It's just a shell of a building.  Still I found it interesting...


This is the back of the cabin.... 
  
This is still the back, but I was on a bit of a trail....
  

Thank you for visiting.  Please visit some of the other participants of this fun meme.  You can find them at I Was Born2Cree8.

14 comments:

Carver said...

I love that covered bridge. Very interesting post. By the way, the shot I used was from a prior fall. I can't wait until it arrives this year.

ellen b said...

Oh this is a fabulous bridge! I really like this one and the area around it too! I have yet to see an authentic covered bridge in person...

Carletta said...

How really wonderful!
A bridge made to look like an old timey livestock railroad car - I love it.
The cabin is just icing on the cake.
Wonderful post!!!!

juliana said...

what a wonderful bridge! so different from anything we have here...

Melli said...

Ohhhhh what a neat ol' bridge! And a neat ol' cabin too! But that bridge is just somethin' else!!! And red! Love it!

Minkydo said...

I am glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

napaboaniya said...

The little red tunnel is really vintage and gorgeous. Perfect for Bridging the Gap :)

quilly said...

I love that tunnel! I thought you were posting a train car until I started to read. So quaint!

Gattina said...

Very interesting for me to read ! what a strange bridge ! the little cabine would be nice to spend some holidays in, once a little arranged, lol !

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh i love these sets of photos. nicely done

Alice said...

Oh Minkydo, I totally love that bridge. Is it really an old stock car?? I also love the old cabin. I'm nuts about old buildings and wish they could talk to tell me their history, who lived there, what went on, stuff like that. Maybe I'll run a one week challenge for people to post pics of old buildings.... hhhmmmmm, something for the future. It's interesting that they had 2 doors and so many windows in this cabin. That was very unusual 'back in the day'.

Reba @ Reba's Run said...

Whoof!! This looks like a woofenderful place to go walking. Do they let dogs go there? My Mom carries baggies to pick up my poop woof, so we won't leave a mess there.

Robert said...

Great shots of the covered bridge. I love the red contrasting with the greenery. Thanks so much for your continued nice comments on my posts. I really appreciate them. :)

Alice said...

Hi Minkydo... It's me again, haha. Thanks so much for pointing out to me that I'd forgotten to put Mr. Linky up tonight... sheeesh!! Anyway, he's up now!! Come on back and add your link. :o)