First timer? In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-four-or-five 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 Landing” above. To check out some recent changes in how I do things, check out “About Landing (Revisited).”
Landing number 2270; A Landing A Day blog post number 700.
Dan: Five Oregon hits since I changed my random lat/long selection method (54 landings ago). Think it should be an OSer? You got that right, and of course my Score went up (from 778 to 783). Want to know what I’m talking about? Check about “About Landing (Revisited),” above.
Quick note: This is A Landing A Day post 700!
Here’s my regional landing map:
And my local landing map:
As you can guess by the post title, there’ll be more about the six little towns you see on the map. But first, my watershed analysis. Here’s my close-in streams-only map:
You can see that I landed in the watershed of Norcross Ck; on to Twelvemile Ck; on to the S Fk of the Crooked River (1st hit ever!).
For the record, I’ve landed once in Twelve Mile Well (NM); twice in Twelvemile Bayou (TX), once in Twelvemile Brook (MA) and now, once in Twelvemile Creek (OR).
You see that the South Fork discharges to the Crooked (2nd hit); on to the Deschutes (8th hit).
Zooming back even further, you see that the Deschutes makes its way to the mighty Columbia (159th hit).
FYI, the Columbia is solidly in fourth place among my rivers, as follows:
- MM (887 hits)
- Missouri (411)
- Colorado (159) and
- Columbia (159).
The Ohio is well back in 5th place, with 138 hits.
It’s time for my spaceflight in to Central Oregon. Click HERE, enjoy the flight, and then hit your back button.
There’s no point in even attempting a GE Street View shot of my landing (no SVs are any closer than about 10 miles away). I had to travel 17 miles to find my closest SV shot of my watershed stream (the Crooked River at Paulina):
Here’s what the orange dude sees, looking upstream:
Although no significant road crosses the South Fork (and therefore no Street View shots), I did find this lovely GE Panoramio shot of the river from the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA.org):
Time for a quick (very quick) tour of my six towns. For no good reason, I’ll start with Post.
Post (negligible population – no census data). From Wiki:
Post was named for Walter Post, the first postmaster of the Post post office, established in 1889.
I love the “Post post” office. After it was closed, it was the post Post post office. Continuing:
Post is the geographic center of Oregon.
From TheNewX.org website (featuring stories about the Nissan Xterra):
From Wiki (by Finetooth), here’s a picture of the only structure in downtown Post (which you can see in the above shot):
And this, by Tom Miller (on OregonFotos.com) of an old building just outside of Post:
My vote is that the above building is a house – large windows, a regular door and a chimney.
Here’s a GE Panoramio shot of the Crooked near Post by Michael Hatten:
Moving to Paulina (negligible population – no census data). From Wiki:
It was named after Paiute Chief Paulina. The community is the home of the Paulina Rodeo, which was the subject of a Kim Stafford poem.
It turns out that Kim Stafford is an accomplished poet who teaches English at Lewis & Clark College. I couldn’t find his poem about the rodeo (although I did discover that it was titled, appropriately enough, “Paulina Rodeo”).
Here’s a Wiki shot (by Finetooth) of the most important building in downtown Paulina:
And here’s an overview shot of the town (Pano by Tom Mossberg):
It’s more of a metropolis than I thought (and likely the largest town featured in this post).
Moving to Izee (negligible population – no census data). The town was named in 1887 after the IZ Ranch, which is still operating under that name. The town is really a collection of local ranches, and the Izee post office operated at one ranch or another until 1954. From the IZ Ranch website, here’s the story on how the town’s name went down:
Carlos Bonham (the found of the IZ Ranch) was tired of a 30-mile trek to the Canyon City post office to get mail.
As recalled by Carlos’ daughter Della:
“Whenever people would go into Canyon City they would pick up everybody’s mail and bring it to our house and just drop it off in a big box. Everyone came and helped their selves. So Papa decided he would take the post office if he could get one. They sent in a name and it was rejected.
“Papa went to the post office in Canyon City to send a new name. The deputy clerk at the Canyon City post office was Minnie Swank and she said, ‘What is your brand, Mr. Bonham?’
Papa replied, ‘I Z’. Mrs. Swank asked, ‘Double ‘e’?
‘I guess’ Papa replied.
“So they sent it in and it was accepted and Izee had a name. When we got the Post Office, Papa had a small six-foot by eight-foot room added on to the house. A Mr. Atherton built us some pigeon holes for both letter and paper holes. We got the post office in 1887 and there was one in Izee at various ranches until it was discontinued in 1954.”
Also from the website, a couple of pictures (with the captions below each photo):
Canyon City Post Office in 1906 with satchels ready to go to outlying areas such as Bear Valley & Izee
Original Izee School and students on property donated by John Hyde.
And here’s a shot of the ranch back in the day:
Moving to Brothers (negligible population – no census data). Here’s a GE Pano shot by Matthew Sutton of (once again), the main building in town:
From TheViewFromRightHere.com (photographer Madge Bloom), here’s a shot of the erstwhile Brothers Motel:
Madge has a fairly straight forward write-up associated with the town and her picture. But the way it’s worded (and presented), it’s actually poetry. A copy and paste didn’t work, but I encourage you to go to the website. Once you’re there, you’ll see the above picture; then click on “continue reading” to see her poem.
Here’s what Wiki has to say about Brothers:
Brothers post office was established in 1913. A source notes that there was a local Three Brothers Sheep Camp, named for three nearby hills that had the Three Sisters mountains looming behind them.
Here’s a pano shot of the Three Sisters Mountains (shot from Brothers by Preacher Girl):
I don’t see the Three Brothers Hills, but they they must be part of the line of hills in the relative foreground . . .
Here’s a closer-in Wiki shot of the Three Sisters:
I’m too far away to actually feature the Three Sisters, but what a great range of mountains! And I must admit that I’ve never heard of them before.
So what about Hampton (negligible population – no census data)? Well, it was named for the Hampton Buttes (named for Joe Hampton, a settler from the 1870s). Here’s a GE shot of the Hampton Buttes (north of town):
In 1940 Hampton had a population of 41. As of 2003, Hampton had a gas station and a restaurant.
Gas station & restaurant? Here’s a pic from MichaelBigham.com:
See the sign? It says “Everything Has a Purpose.” Check this out (GE Pano shot by Pat Cassidy):
Only one more town to go: Riley (negligible population – no census data). From Wiki:
The town springs from the establishment of a post office in about 1885, which was named for stockman Amos Riley. The town presently consists entirely of two service establishments with attached apartments: a post office, and a general store with gas pump and garage service. It exists to serve highway travelers, and the rural farming and ranching “community” that surrounds it.
As is now my custom, here’s a picture of the happening place in Riley (from FineArtAmerica.com, by Michele Penner):
I also found a GE pano shot of a rainbow, taken right here in suburban Riley:
Back to Wiki for this tidbit:
The Oregon Department of Transportation has a camera for road and weather conditions located at the intersection of U.S. 20 and U.S. 395 in Riley, facing west-northwest.
I had to check it out, and here’s what I found at the Oregon DOT web cam site for Riley:
I’m sure you’d like to see what’s happening right now in Riley. Click HERE.
Enough already. I’ll close with this lovely Pano shot by Shimya (taken about 10 miles north of my landing):
That’ll do it . . .
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