I was driving home from work one day and rounded a corner that I’ve rounded countless times before. A shed, serving as a milk transfer station, that sat on this corner for as long as I can remember was suddenly gone. Pouf! It had been there the day before, on April 10, 2007, but by April 11, it was no more. The only evidence of its fate was an orange bulldozer and a small pile of litter on the site.
Somehow, I figured, something seemingly so permanent should take longer to dismantle. I thought surely the block foundation would require more than a bulldozer to destroy.
I was sad to see it go. No longer would I see Oak Grove trucks parked beside it, or have to maneuver around one parked sideways across the road. And then, horror struck! No one had taken any pictures of the milk transfer station! Oh, wait . . . I had, for the Morrison County Historical Society’s 2003 photography project, Uncommon Focus. Whew! Relief.
When I searched through photos from this collection, I realized a couple of things: 1) The milk transfer station did not have a solid block foundation; it was merely a wood building resting on cement blocks. 2) An awful lot of structures have gone missing since our 2003 project. Not including Hennepin Paper Company or Upsala’s W.P.A. bridge, which were mentioned as being slated for destruction in the Winter 2004 issue of the newsletter, here are some of them.
The lesson in all of this? Enjoy those structures while they’re around. They might just disappear in the blink of an eye.
By Mary Warner
Copyright 2007, Morrison County Historical Society