First timer? In this formerly once-a-day blog (then every-other-day blog and now a one-to-three-times a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48). I call this “landing.” I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near. I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.
Dan - I’m getting that sinking feeling now that I’ve slipped to 1/4 with this landing in that perennial OS favorite . . . MT: 113/93; 5/10; 3; 156.3. Here’s my landing map, showing that I landed in the Musselshell R valley (locally known as “Golden Valley”), not far from the little town of Lavina:
Here’s a broader view:
My GE shot shows that I landed in a farm field that looks to be just outside of the more fertile lowlands adjacent to the river:
Obviously, I landed in the Musselshell R watershed (13th hit); on to the Missouri (359th hit); on to the MM (764th hit).
Here’s a shot of the Musselshell between my landing and Lavina (from a real estate website I’ll discuss later):
From the Golden Valley County website, this about Lavina:
Named for a Sweetheart
by Margaret Lehfeldt and
. . . About midway on the stage line [from Billings to Benton] there was the river that cut its age-old course through the trees and tall grass meadows of the wide Musselshell Valley. Where there was a good ford, [in 1882] T.C. Power [local pioneer] chose an ideal site for a station, and said “With Clate Warner and other hired help, we put up stage stables, mess house, bunk house for the men to sleep in, a store, and of course my saloon. That was the biggest business of them all.” Even though he was appointed as the first post master, he made the rounds of the stage line every month but none of the stations pleased him as much as the one on the south bank of the Musselshell.
In memory of a former sweetheart, Walter Burke named it Lavina.
As the Musselshell Valley settled up thick in the summer of 1882, the stage stop became known as Old Lavina and it was a hub of activity.
The bell tolled for Old Lavina when the surveyors chose a new town site a mile downstream in the wide bend of the Musselshell that had been the old Indian campground. A few months later on February 16, 1908, the first passenger train steamed past the old stage stop and pulled up to the depot in what was now New Lavina.
I’m a little confused about who Walter Burke is, and why he got to name the town after his former sweetheart. I wonder if “former” refers to deceased, or if Lavina broke up with Walter, and he was so lovelorn that he named the town after her?
From the same website, here’s a picture of downtown Lavina, by William Lile.
Also from the County website, this about a fine old hotel in town:
The big white hotel, The Adams, was built in 1908. It had twenty-two rooms including the huge dining room, lobby, kitchen, and bar. Upstairs, at the head of the stairs was a large parlor. It was probably the most elegant of its kind in the area, having pure linen sheets, down comforters, a decorated china bowl and pitcher in every one of the carpeted rooms. The Adams was known for its warm hospitality. This building remains as it was originally built with all of its grandeur, secrets and memories. The Adams is now owned as a private residence.
Here’s a StreetView shot of Main Street, showing the erstwhile Adams Hotel:
It just so happens that about one square mile (640 acres) of Musselshell R bottomland is for sale as “96 Ranch,” located between Lavina and my landing site. Click here to learn more about this absolutely lovely property. I’ll close with some pictures of 96 Ranch that I’ve lifted from the realtor’s website:
What a great property. Maybe I could retire here . . .
That’ll do it. . .
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