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McDermitt, Oregon

Posted by graywacke on January 9, 2014

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now more-or-less a twice 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 in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2075; A Landing A Day blog post number 502.

Dan –  My Score remains well under 150 in spite of this OSer landing in . . . OR; 80/67; 6/10; 148.8.  Here’s my regional landing map:

landing 1

 My local landing map shows that I landed about 25 miles north of McDermitt, which is right on the OR / NV border:

 landing 2

Is any of this familiar?  If you’re a regular reader, it should be.  Landing 2047 (posted August 28th and entitled “Orovada, Nevada) was 25 miles south of McDermitt, as opposed to 25 miles north for this landing.  That post featured McDermitt more than Orovada (more about McDermitt later).

 Anyway, here’s my Google Earth (GE) shot:

 GE 1

You can see that I landed near a ridge top.  By the way, we’re looking north, and as you can see, the drainage heads west and northwest.

 Backing up (and still looking north), you can see that the rare drop of water that lands on my landing spot basically heads north, but gets stranded in the playa (a dry lake bed with no outlet).

 GE 2

Here’s a very cool GE panoramio shot by PNPLibi, taken from a point about halfway between my landing and the playa.  I believe that we’re looking north, and the light splotch on the right side of the photo in front of the mountains might be the playa itself!


 As long as I’m in GE, here’s a shot that shows today’s landing as well as the Orovada landing mentioned earlier:

 GE 3

The Southeast corner of Oregon is pretty well deserted, and McDermitt is the only game in town.  I know this is pretty cheap, but I’m going to repeat the portion of my Orovada post that discusses McDermitt:

 Moving along to McDermitt, from Wiki:

 McDermitt straddles the Nevada–Oregon border.  McDermitt’s economy has historically been based on mining, ranching and farming, although the last mining operation closed in 1990, resulting in a steady decline in population.

 Mining in the area has included gold, uranium, silver and, most notably, mercury.  In fact, from 1939 until 1989, this area was the leading producer of mercury in the United States.  Here’s a picture of the mercury mineral kleinite (yellow) on calcite (white), from the Cordero mine near McDermitt:


Back to Wiki:

 The state line goes through the White Horse Inn, a historical landmark now being restored, which was a saloon, hotel, and (reportedly) brothel.  When it was open, food could be ordered and paid for in Oregon, avoiding the Nevada state sales tax.

 Here’s a GE shot with the White Horse Inn and the State Line marked out.  Well, the line almost goes through the building . . .


Here’s a picture of the White Horse Inn, from Trip Advisor:


The community, originally called Dugout, was named after Fort McDermit, which in turn was named after Lt. Col. Charles McDermit.   It is not known why there is a discrepancy in the spelling.

 Here’s ALAD’s take on the extra “t” in McDermitt:  One of the most powerful and persuasive members on the town-naming committee absolutely never cursed, and strongly frowned on the practice.   He thought that “Dermit” was two close to “damn it.”  Adding the extra “t” added a little extra distance between the town and the curse . . .

 Dugout / McDermitt joins a list of ALAD communities where I would prefer the original, more colorful town name. My regular readers probably expect that I would now post this so-called list.  OK, OK, so maybe I don’t keep track of absolutely all things landing.

  I found this back-in-the-day shot of McDermitt (from Trip Advisor), which shows the town just before a July 4th horse race, circa 1930):


I must admit that I feel a little ashamed to so wantonly steal from a previous post.  Oh, well . . .

 Anyway, here’s a GE Panoramio shot from the top of Blue Mountain about five miles east of my landing (check out my closer-in landing map).  Since we’re looking west, my landing is pretty much in front of the sun somewhere out there. . . .

 oldadit from blue mtn

Here’s a shot from Route 95 near Blue Mountain (Panoramio, by David Goulart):

 david goulart

Here’s a Panoramio shot by ShadowRider from more-or-less the same location, but in winter (and I presume looking in a different direction):


For my closing shot, I’m going to wander a little further afield, going about 35 miles northeast of my landing to visit the Pillars of Rome.  Here’s a Panoramio shot of the pillars by Grakster:


That’ll do it.



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