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Condon, Oregon

Posted by graywacke on October 26, 2015

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-three-or-four days 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) please see “About Landin above.

Landing number 2221; A Landing A Day blog post number 649.

Dan:  After a landing in Mexico and one in the Pacific Ocean, the Landing God decided that I should end up in . . . OR.  Here’s my regional landing map:

landing 1

And my local landing map, showing that I landed just outside of Condon. 

landing 2

Zooming back a little, you can see why I’m pretty much stuck with Condon:

landing 2a

Here’s my watershed analysis:

landing 3

You can see that I landed in the watershed of Tenmile Cayon; on to Hay Creek; on to the John Day River (10th Hit) on to the Columbia (155th hit).

It’s time for my spaceflight in to N-Cen Oregon:


Wait a second.  We need a second look at my landing:

GE wind turbines 2

I landed in a field of wind turbines!  Let’s zoom in:

GE wind turbines 3

Pretty cool (and an amazingly clear aerial photograph . . .)

Moving on to Condon.  Well, it turns out that Condon is pretty much:


According to Wiki, Condon was founded in 1883 by a Mr. Potter who platted land around a spring.  Potter goes belly-up (financially), and surrendered the land to the legal firm of Condon & Cornish.  Wiki doesn’t tell us why, but maybe he owed them money.  Anyway, Condon & Cornish started selling lots, and in 1884, the town opened its post office and was named after Harvey Condon. 

That’s all, folks – but this is the first time I recall a town being named for some lawyer who backed into owning a bunch of land . . .

Oh yea.  One more thing.  Wiki also mentioned that Harvey C. Condon, a member of the firm (and after whom the town was named), was a nephew of Oregon geologist Thomas Condon.

Hey.  I’m a geologist, and Harvey’s uncle was a geologist.  What a coincidence.  But Harvey’s uncle has his own Wiki page (and I don’t).  I’ll start with his Wiki picture:


What a strange-looking dude. . .

Anyway, here are a few Wiki tidbits about Harvey:

Thomas Condon (1822–1907) was an Irish Congregational minister, geologist, and paleontologist who gained recognition for his work in the U.S. state of Oregon.

As a minister at The Dalles [about 50 miles NW of my landing, up on the Columbia River], he became interested in the fossils he found in the area.  He found fossil seashells on the Crooked River and fossil camels and other animals along the John Day River.  Many of his discoveries were in the present-day John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Condon was appointed the first State Geologist for Oregon in 1872. He resigned that post to become first professor of geology at the University of Oregon.

I wonder if he preached about ancient fossils as part of God’s creation?  In some religious circles, even today that’s verboten.   I think that back in the 1800s, he must have been considered a radical.

Speaking of geology, I absolutely must give a plug to one of my most unique and unforgetable geologic posts –  my unusually-titled “Shaniko and the Clarno Unit.  During my GE spaceflight in, you may have noticed three closely-spaced landings.  No?  Well, here they are:

GE shaniko

While my Lonerock and Hardman post is just fine, it doesn’t touch my Shaniko post.  That post is all about the “John Day Fossil Bed National Monument” (note that some of the fossils that Thomas Condon discovered were part of what now is the National Monument).  Anyway, it’s a cool, funky post that I highly recommend.  Enough said.  Type Shaniko into the search box if you want to check it out.

Time for some GE Panoramio shots.  I was lucky to have four great pictures all within a couple of miles from my landing (and I’m going to post all four): 

GE pano shots

I’ll start with this shot of the wind turbine windmills by Devin Simpson:

pano windmills devin simpson

Speaking of windmills, this one (by John Christopher) is a little more old-fashioned:

pano john christopher

Here’s a telephoto shot by Scoand showing far-away Mt. Hood (actually about 70 miles away):

pano scoand

I’ll close with this shot by PGHolbrook:

pano PGholbrook just west

That’ll do it . . .




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