First timer? In this (hopefully) once-a-day 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 - Back in the day, a landing here meant my score went down. But, alas, this is one of those bad boys that has slipped from US to PS to OS. The state? . . . . WI; 35/33; 3/10; 4; 152.9.
It seems like this is a good time to revisit my September 23rd post (Hahira, Georgia). I was on quite the roll, and my Score was a record low 150.3. So, here’s a quote from that post:
“Presuming that I break into the 140’s sooner than later, I will have passed through the 150’s at relative breakneck speed. When the breakthrough happens, I’ll be discussing it in greater detail (I’m sure you can’t wait). Of course, I fear that I’ve jinxed myself even talking about the 140’s. We’ll see . . .”
Well, it’s apparent that I did, in fact, jinx myself. Since that landing, I’ve gone 1/8. I know that I will, some day, break into the 140’s, but I do believe that it’s going to take a while . . .
Here’s the Google Earth view of my landing, showing I landed in a grove of trees on a farm:
Here’s my landing map, which shows that the farm I landed on is just northeast of the town of Coon Valley:
Coon Valley is named after Coon Creek, which flows through the town (and is the creek near my landing that you can see on the Google Earth image). Coon Creek flows into the MM (710th hit) at the town of Stoddard (see landing map). Yes, what looks like a lake is actually part of the Mighty Mississippi (more about the lake-like aspect follows).
Let me start with Stoddard. From Wiki:
Stoddard was originally founded as a farming community. It is notable as one of the few communities along the Mississippi River to not be a trading post or stop on any riverboats. The river was originally one mile west of Stoddard, but when Lock and Dam No. 8 was built in 1937, the ensuing lake flooded the lowlands, literally bringing the river to the town.
Imagine! You own an ordinary piece of land on the west side of Stoddard, when suddenly, you have waterfront property! Anyway, you can see the “lake” that begins north of Genoa, caused by the Lock and Dam No. 8 (located just south of Genoa). Here’s a closer view, so you can exactly where the lock and dam are:
Here’s an aerial photo, looking downstream toward the L&D:
Here’s a close-up of the L&D itself:
Why were the locks and dams built? From the US Army Corps of Engineers:
To achieve a 9-foot channel in the Upper Mississippi River, the construction of a system of navigation locks and dams was authorized in 1930. Dams are built on rivers to hold back water and form deeper navigation “pools.” Most pools in the United States are maintained at a constant minimum water depth of 9 feet for safe navigation. Dams allow river vessels to use a series of locks to “step” up or down the river from one water level to another.
I couldn’t find out much about Coon Valley (pop about 800), but I found a few pictures. I’ll start with my usual “broader view:”
Then, this 1938 view of town:
And then this more modern view:
Here’s a nice aerial shot of the town:
Here’s a view of Coon Creek flooding in 1954:
And this bucolic winter scene in the Valley:
Speaking of bucolic, here are some cattle on a hillside outside of town:
I’ll close with this photographic study in black and white of some old outbuildings near Coon Valley:
That’ll do it.
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