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Flatwillow and Winnett, Montana

Posted by graywacke on December 17, 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 2233; A Landing A Day blog post number 661.

Dan: Here’s a big ol’ state that I hadn’t landed in since I changed my random lat/long landing procedure . . . MT.  That knocks my Score from 1419 all the way down to 1323.

Here’s my regional landing map:

landing 1

And my local landing map:

landing 2


It’s time for my Google Earth (GE) space flight on the back of a big yellow push-pin on in to Central Montana.  Click HERE and hit your back button.

Zooming back a little on GE, I was able to trace out my drainage path, which shows an unnamed creek flowing to the Musselshell River (14th hit):

GE drainage 2

And here’s a streams-only StreetAtlas map, showing that the Musselshell makes its way to the Missouri (403rd hit):

landing 3

Of course, the Missouri hooks up with the MM (872nd hit).

Here’s a GE Panoramio picture of the Musselshell 10 or so miles NE of my landing (by Hank Snowbirdpix Jor):

pano hank_snowbirdpox_jor 2)

So, I have two very small towns to feature.  As one might expect, they are pretty much:


Of course, I checked to see what Wiki had to say about Flatwillow.  Well, the only information they provide is this fascinating history of the Flatwillow Post Office:

Flatwillow’s post office first opened in1883 but then closed in 1907, only to be reopened in 1908. The post office was closed in 1946.

But wait!  Jeremy Lurgio from the University of Montana Journalism Department made an awesome Vimeo video all about why Flatwillow is still on the map.  You must check this out!  (Click below, and it’ll open a new window for your viewing pleasure):

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/29827420″>Flatwillow</a&gt; from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user6898324″>UMontana Journalism</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


Moving on to Winnett.  There’s a little something to check out in the Wiki “History” section:

Winnett was named for Walter Winnett, who was born in the Queen’s Hotel—in Toronto, Canada. Winnett ran away from home as a boy, seeking adventure in “Indian country.” His excellent marksmanship abilities helped him get jobs with outfits who were always looking for someone who could keep them in fresh meat.

When he was captured by Sioux Indians and later adopted into the tribe, he was given the name Eagle Eyes because of his remarkable shooting skills.

Winnett established a ranch in Montana Territory in 1879 near an active trading post and the Hangman’s Tree used by vigilantes in the area. The massive ranch house, which he built in 1900 housed his own family and served as a gathering place for the community. Dances, weddings, funerals, church services, and school were all held here.

In 1910 he built a store and petitioned for a post office—and with that, Winnett became an official town.

But more importantly, Winnett also has its own video!  This is from Montana Pictures:


Time for some Panoramio shots.  First this, of some open country east of my landing, by Dick Wille:

pano dick wille

Here’s a shot of what it looks like coming into Flatwillow from the south, by the Montana Geographic Society:

pano montana geographic society flatwillow looking n

I’ll close with this great shot by the same guy that who took the Musselshell river shot, Hank Snowbirdpix:

pano hank_snowbirdpox_jor


That’ll do it . . .




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One Response to “Flatwillow and Winnett, Montana”

  1. Terrific video from Flatwillow and the Montana Journalism Department!

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