FROM OUR ROADSIDE perspective, the cement post near the ditch along Goodhue County Road 30 appears to be a historical marker. After all, a road sign posted by the county historical society denotes this as the former site of Eidsvold.
But when I walk up to the marker, I find no words, only a plain column topped by two iron semi-circles embedded in the cement.
My husband and I, who are on a Sunday afternoon drive into the historical Sogn Valley area of Minnesota, conclude this is a hitching post. Are we right?
We wonder too about the dilapidated building a stone’s throw away. Ignoring signs to keep out, we move in closer. I step over fallen branches to peer inside the structure, where oats spill from an open doorway.
Wood, muted gray by exposure to the elements, and rugged limestone, stacked irregularly to form an interior wall, invite me to wonder about this building’s history.
Who built this structure? When? And was it always used for grain storage?
I wonder, because I am always and forever wondering.
Who lived in this ghost town presumably named after Eidsvoll, Norway?
© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling