A Landing a Day

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Saratoga, Wyoming

Posted by graywacke on August 13, 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 2411; A Landing A Day blog post number 845.

Dan:  Let me start off with an apology.  A Landing A Day has turned into A Landing A Week (mostly because of the extra effort I put into each post).  But my life got a little complicated (mostly having to do with granddaughters), and this post took two weeks.  Oh, well . . .

So, today’s lat/long (41o 21.688’N, 107o 11.729’W) puts me in south central Wyoming:

Here’s very local landing map, showing I landed way out in the boonies:

My streams-only map shows that I landed in the watershed of good ol’ Stream Perennial, on to the N Fk Savery Ck:

Let’s use Google Earth (GE) to get a look at Good Ol’ Stream Perennial:

Anyway, zooming back just a little, you’ll be shocked to learn that the N Fk Savery Ck discharges to Savery Ck:


Zooming way back, we can see that the Savery makes its way to the Little Snake River (first hit ever!); on to the Yampa (only the second hit!); on to the Green (35th hit):

Zooming even further back:  the Green flows south through Utah and ends up discharging to the Colorado R (184th hit) in southern Utah.

As one might expect, GE Street View ain’t no where close – so I won’t bother trying to look at my landing.  My first look at the Savery Creek is about 25 miles away from my landing:

And here’s what the Orange Dude sees:

I know, I know.  The picture’s crooked.  Blame the GoogleMobile driver.

I moved to OD to the end of the bridge, to see if there was a “Savery Creek” sign.  There wasn’t.  But this is what he did see:

Oh my!  A two-lane road with a 65 mph speed limit?  We’re not in NJ!

So, my closest town was Saratoga (pop 1700).  Wiki (nor any other sites) had much to say about history, like where the name came from.  Here’s a screen shot from the TravelWyoming website:

For my hook, I had to settle on two native sons of Saratoga.  From Wiki (under Notable Residents):

  • New Yorker Magazine cartoonist and cover artist Garrett Price (1895-1979) lived in Saratoga as a boy.
  • American commercial illustrator and portrait artist C. C. Beall (1892-1970) was born in Saratoga.

From Wiki, about C.C.:

Cecil Calvert (C. C.) Beall was an American commercial illustrator and portrait artist. He did watercolor art and drawings for magazines and comic books. Beall designed promotion posters for the U.S. government for war loan drives and propaganda.

Here’s his most famous work, part of a War Bond campaign:

And a cover for Collier’s Magazine:

An ad with a sultry coffee drinker:

Back to Wiki:

Beall (a government employee at the time) was an eyewitness to the 1945 official Japanese surrender on the U.S.S. Missouri.  He painted General MacArthur at the event; his work later became the official portrait.

Here’s his painting:

Moving along to Garrett Price, whose career is all about the New Yorker Magazine.  Here’s a sampling of Garrett Price New Yorker covers:

Amazing that two pretty famous artists who lived at the same time both had ties to teeny little Saratoga.

I’ll close with my favorite Garrett Price New Yorker cover:

That’ll do it . . .




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