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Ennis and Gallatin Gateway, Montana

Posted by graywacke on July 10, 2018

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-a-week blog), I use an app that provides 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 or towns 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 relatively recent changes in how I do things, check out “About Landing (Revisited).”

Landing number 2408; A Landing A Day blog post number 842.

Dan:  Today’s lat/long (45o 25.314’N, 111o 34.478’W) puts me in southwest Montana:

Here’s my local landing map:

As you can see, this landing is very close to a previous landing (just three landings ago):

My streams-only map shows that I landed in the watershed of Jordan Creek, which flows into Ennis Lake.  Ennis Lake is a dammed-up portion of the Madison River (4th hit).

Zooming back:

You can see that the Madison joins the Jefferson and the Gallatin (at Three Rivers MT) to form the Missouri (429th hit).  The MM (935th hit) graciously accepts the Missouri’s contribution.

I’m truly out in the boonies, and therefore have no Google Earth (GE) Street View shot of my landing.  But here’s an oblique GE shot to put my landing appropriately in the local landscape:

Of course, I do have a GE Street View shot of the Madison:

And here’s what the Orange Dude sees:

The town of Gallatin Gateway caught my eye, just due to its name.  Wiki has essentially nothing to say about Gallatin Gateway, but with a little (very little) research, I learned that there are towns with the name of Gallatin in MO, TN, NY and TX (besides MT) and there are counties with the name of Gallatin in IL, KY and MT. 

Montana is big on Gallatin, as besides a town and a county, it also is home to a Gallatin Airport (in Bozeman), the Gallatin River, the Gallatin Range, Gallatin Peak (see local landing map), the Gallatin Petrified Forest and the Gallatin National Forest.

Four US ships have been named Gallatin, along with two colleges and one high school (and school district).

As far as I can see, every Gallatin-named entity was named after one Albert Gallatin.

Who was Albert Gallatin?  And why is he so big in Montana?  About the Montana connection:  Lewis and Clark were fans of Albert Gallatin, and named the Gallatin River (which as shown above, joins with the Madison and Jefferson to form the Missouri). 

I found a write-up in Discovering Lewis & Clark (lewis-clark.og) about Monsieur Gallatin:

Albert Gallatin (1761-1849) was born in Geneva, Switzerland, into a cultured aristocratic family led by physicians, statesmen and soldiers, one of whom commanded a battalion at the battle of Yorktown. He emigrated to the United States in 1780, at the age of 19, and under the terms of the Articles of Confederation of 1781, gained legal citizenship after nine years of residency, meanwhile teaching French at Harvard University.

[Like I said, Monsieur Gallatin.]

In the tradition of his august family background, Albert was drawn to public life, soon transcending politics to become one of the most influential statesmen in American history.

[Then why have I never heard of him?]

Consistent with his station and the spirit of his time, he was a savant—a diplomat, financier, peacemaker, scientist, geographer, lover of nature, and above all a visionary with unswerving faith in the ultimate wisdom of a people wielding the instruments of democracy.

[Ex-cuuuuuse me!]

Throughout his sixty-year-long career he worked sedulously in behalf of free public education, universal suffrage, and the abolition of slavery.

[Very cool dude!]

Despite powerful and sometimes vicious opposition from the Federalists, Gallatin was a key figure in the implementation of Jefferson’s unprecedented design for a new and growing republic. As Jefferson’s Secretary of the Treasury, he engineered the financial details of the Louisiana Purchase (without increasing taxes), then resolved the constitutional issues that complicated the transaction.

[Wow.  He figured out how to buy some real estate without raising taxes!]

He even helped plan the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In March of 1803, for instance, he asked Nicholas King to prepare a new map of western North America incorporating the main features of nine of the most recent maps by other explorers.

At the age of seventy he wrote a monumental treatise describing the characteristics, territories, and languages of all known Native American tribes, including those of Mexico and Central America.

[He appears to be one of those rare leaders who appreciated what was being destroyed before his very eyes . . . ]

For all that, soon after his death in 1848 his name faded from popular history, and he became “America’s forgotten statesman.”

Although I don’t have anything to say about the town of Ennis (pop 838), it is the largest town around, and I thought I’d make it titular with some photos.  Here’s a shot of downtown:

From Maverick Brokers, here’s a shot of the Madison near Ennis:

And yet another, from Wedding Spot.com:

And Ennis Lake, from New View travel blog:

I’ll close with this Wiki shot of the Madison in Ennis:

That’ll do it . . .




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One Response to “Ennis and Gallatin Gateway, Montana”

  1. Cheryl Nash said

    Poor Gallatin. For once we had a fair minded statesman, but Greg is the only guy to give him any recognition!

    Greg, I am going to pass this on to Martha Cross Grieco who moved to Montana a couple of years ago (Whitefish, I believe), to be near grandkids. She was a PHS classmate of Jody and me.

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