Meredith Willson Footbridge, Mason City

IMG_1812The Meredith Willson Footbridge in Mason City, Iowa is a short bridge that crosses over Willow Creek, and is hidden by lots of greenery. If you didn’t know it was there, it’s possible you could drive right by it. The small bridge was named after Meredith Willson, a Mason City native who also composed one of my favorite musicals, The Music Man.

“We got trouble… right here in River City…”

A few weeks ago, after a visit to my parents house in Mason City, my daughter, my nephew and I decided to make a few stops before we got on the interstate to head home. We stopped at the cemetery where my grandparents are buried, we stopped at the Veterans Memorial downtown, and I decided to make a stop at the footbridge.

This footbridge was one of the places my grandpa took us to when we were kids during our many daily adventures. We would walk across the bridge, make a silly pose while he took our picture, and then we would move on to another fun activity or location. This picture below was one of many my grandfather had taken over the years, and finding it several weeks ago is what made me decide to stop by this landmark again.

May 1985 - Cousin Jessica, my sister Lisa, and myself.
May 1985 – Cousin Jessica, my sister Lisa, and myself.

It appears that I might be wearing parachute pants in this picture, as it’s pretty likely I was still in my “I’m in love with Michael Jackson” phase. For that, I apologize. Ugh, and the perm? Yikes!

For whatever reason, the footbridge seemed to be a popular place for my grandpa to visit. I think he was proud of the town he lived in and called home, so when I got older and brought my daughter to visit, we stopped at the footbridge many more times. This time it was me taking the pictures.

PicMonkey Collage
My daughter, Caitlyn and my grandfather. Spring 1998 or 1999?

It really only made sense, then, when I visited last month, to pose for one more picture to commemorate the occasion. Minus the 1985 parachute pants.

This one’s for you, Grandpa.


This post was originally published on my old blog on July 24, 2015.

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