A Landing a Day

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Roseberry, Idaho

Posted by graywacke on February 28, 2010

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 –  I just can’t seem to shake the 152’s!  Up a little, down a little, but no substantial runs of either OSers or USers.  Today, a USer . . . ID; 44/51; 4/10; 2; 152.2.  And guess what?  Give up?  I landed near the town (Yellow Pine) that kicked off ALAD about a year and a half (and 280 posts) ago.  Here’s my landing map:

You can see I landed quite close to Yellow Pine.  My ALAD kick-off landing was further away, to the northeast of Yellow Pine (not seen on my landing map).  Anyway, obviously I couldn’t feature Yellow Pine again.  Here’s an expanded landing map:

Here’s the broadest view:

I landed in the watershed of a new river, the S Fk of the Salmon R; on to the Salmon (12th hit); to the Snake (66th hit); to the Columbia (131st hit).

Here’s my GE shot (looking south):

I toyed with featuring McCall, a fairly sizable (pop about 2000) touristy town on the shores of Payette Lake.  It’s a lovely area.  But I couldn’t find that hook that I’m always looking for.  But I stumbled on some interesting information about Roseberry, which has caused me to break with one of my time-honored traditions:  I feature towns that are shown in bold-faced type on my map, like Yellow Pine, McCall, Lardo and Donnelly.  But Roseberry?  There it is, on my landing map, in meek typeface just east of Donnelly.

But before addressing Roseberry, here’s a shot of McCall & the lake:

On to Roseberry – from Our Life on Wheels (by Jerry & Suzy; click here for their travel blog):

Roseberry, Idaho, is a town that used to be a town but isn’t any more because the railroad went a different direction [it went through Donnelly].  Roseberry, founded by Finns, used to be the biggest town in the Long Valley region of Idaho. Now it’s mostly a memory … and a major project of Frank and Kathy Eld. Frank has been working for 39 years to rebuild (focusing on the town’s Finnish heritage), to restore, and revitalize Roseberry, ever since he graduated from college. Kathy operates the Roseberry General Store and Museum while Frank rebuilds.

The store:

The church & museum:

One of the remaining Finn houses:

For a little more history, I found this from IGoUGo.com, by Wildcat Diane:

Roseberry, Idaho is an old Finnish settlement near Donnelly, Idaho. The Finns settled here in the late 19th century after fleeing the oppressive Russian empire who occupied Finland at the time. It is a source of local pride and a part of Idaho history and of who settled it.

The Finns had fled Russian-dominated Finland in the late 19th century because the czarist government wanted to eliminate the Finnish way of life and make Finland a part of Russia. The Finns fled to the United States and settled in Idaho because Idaho reminded the Finns of home with its mountains and open fields that were suitable for their agricultural way of life. Today, there are only a few houses left from the original settlement at Roseberry, and they are preserved as an outdoor museum for people to see the Finnish way of life in Idaho in the 19th century.

I’ll close with this sunset shot over Payette Lake:

That’ll do it. . .



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