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Black Rock, Utah

Posted by graywacke on August 17, 2009

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 – After my momentus landing 1770, 1771 is a somewhat ho hum WB OSer. Well, 1770 was also a ho hum WB OSer, but trust me, there will be no statistical machinations this time. Today’s OSer . . . UT; 61/49; 5/10; 17; 153.4.

Speaking of ho hum, my watershed entry is “ut; Sevier Lake; Internal.”  Sevier Lake (which is really just a dry basin), is, as you may recall, the dead-end terminus of the internally-drained Sevier River. But today’s landing was south of the Sevier Lake basin (the river comes in from the north), and some little unnamed tributary trickled into the basin that used to be the lake . . .

Here’s my landing map:


Here’s an expanded view, showing my landings in UT. Today’s is the northern-most N38 / W113 landing.


As you can see on my landing map, the town of Black Rock is close to my landing. From Wiki:

Black Rock used to be a small, unincorporated village located in southern Millard County, Utah, about 20 miles north of Milford. The town was a station stop on the Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad (later Union Pacific Railroad), and was a community center for a small number of early twentieth century homesteaders and ranchers. A post office operated at Black Rock from 1891 to 1959. The site is now a ghost town.

From my favorite Ghosttowns website:

In 1893 a store was built here to supply area farms and people traveling through the area. A post office was built and the railroad built here to load livestock from the area ranches. A school was built here also. In 1941 the school closed and the railroad moved to bigger towns. Soon after the town died.

Here are a couple of pictures of the scene in 1996 (from the Ghosttowns website):



Here’s a view looking east from Black Rock, to give you a feel for the vicinity of my landing:

looking east from black rock

And this view, looking south from Black Rock:

looking south from black rock

On my landing map, you’ll note that I landed next to Crystal Peak Road. Crystal Peak is a few miles west. From Wiki:

Crystal Peak is located in western Utah, and is different from all the surrounding mountains. The white volcanic rock contrasts with the nearby forest-covered hills and peaks.

In the afternoon light, Crystal Peak looks like it’s glowing. Early Indians clearly knew about it, as they told Mormon settlers of its existence. When the Mormons were looking for other places to live in this area, they called one such search the White Mountain Mission.

Here’s a picture:

crystal peak

Here’s another landing map, this time centered west from my landing. You’ll see the “Wah Wah Valley.”


Being a Philly kind of guy, Wah Wah immediately strikes a chord.  But, it’s Wawa, not Wah Wah.   Wawa is far and away the number one convenience store around here (there are very few Seven-11s). But Wah Wah is another thing. I have no idea what the name means or where it comes from. Anyway, south of the Wah Wah valley are the Wah Wah Mountains. Here’s a picture:

wah wah mountains

That’ll do it.



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