A Landing a Day

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Buffalo Creek, Colorado

Posted by graywacke on September 27, 2010

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (then every-other-day blog and now a two-or-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 hanging at 6/10, thanks to this visit to a formerly long-time OSer but recently-turned USer . . . CO; 64/65; 6/10; 5; 154.3.  Here’s my landing map, showing my proximity to Buffalo Creek (the water body and the town):

For reference, you can see that I didn’t land far from Denver (it’s about 35 miles away):

You’ll have to trust me on this:  the town name “Buffalo Creek” is obscured by my lat/long landing marker.

Gee, Dan.  You could easily take a little day trip and check out my landing site!  (For readers who don’t know Dan, he works for the Denver Post, and, naturally, lives in Denver).

Anyway, here’s an even broader view:

Here’s my GE shot, showing that I landed in a hilly wooded expanse.  (Dan –  it would be a little tough for you to make it to my actual landing!)

I landed in the Morrison Creek watershed which flows to (what else?) the Buffalo Creek watershed, on to a new river (my 1082nd), the N Fk of the S Platte R; on to the S Platte (17th hit); on to the Platte (55th hit); on to the Missouri (355th hit); on to the MM (757th hit).

Here’s a cool oblique GE shot (looking south):

This Panaramio shot was taken just a couple of miles east of my landing (from the top of the hill to the left of my landing in the above shot):

Here’s all I can find about the town of Buffalo Creek – from Wiki:

The town of Buffalo Creek was established about 1877 along the stream of the same name.  The town has been destroyed by fire several times.

The latest bad fire occurred in 1996.  From the US Geological Survey, I found the following about a nasty one-two punch that happened – first the fire, and then a huge rainstorm (described below as a 100-year storm, or a storm that’s so big you’d only expect one like it every 100 years):

The Buffalo Creek Fire in May 1996 burned 4,690 hectares [there’s about 2.5 acres per hectare, so the fire covered well over 10,000 acres] in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado.  This wildfire lowered the erosion threshold of the watershed.  As a consequence of this wildfire, a 100-year rainstorm in July 1996 caused erosion upstream and deposition of the alluvial fan at the mouth of a tributary to Buffalo Creek, shown here:

Buffalo Creek is flowing to the right at the bottom of the photograph.  Photo by R. H. Meade

Here’s a picture of quite the building in downtown Buffalo Creek – the 1880 Blue Jay Inn (www.bluejayinn.net).  It is undergoing renovations:

I’ll close with this lovely shot of the N Fk of the S Platte (taken from the town – hey, Dan, you could get here!)

That’ll do it. . .



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