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Ingomar, Montana

Posted by graywacke on July 19, 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 2409; A Landing A Day blog post number 843.

boxDan:  Today’s lat/long (46o 50.736’N, 107o 7.788’W) puts me in central-east Montana:

landing 1

Here’s my local landing map:

landing 2

And my streams-only map:

landing 3a

Whoops.  One might think that I landed in the Froze To Death Creek watershed.  Well, I didn’t, so I better zip on over to Google Earth:

ge sv creek map

You can follow the drainage south from my landing, and see that a road with Street View coverage crosses the drainageway.  Well, here’s what the Orange Dude sees:

ge sv creek 1

So, rather than the Froze to Death Creek (which is further west), I landed in the watershed of Big Porcupine Creek.  Here’s a better view of the creek itself:

ge sv creek 2

Now that that’s cleared up, we can look back up at my streams-only map and see that the Big Porcupine Creek discharges to the Yellowstone River (57th hit).  Zooming back:

landing 3b

The Yellowstone discharges directly to the Missouri (430th hit); on, of course, to the MM (936th hit).

So what about Ingomar?  Well, Wiki has very little to say.  It was founded in 1908 as a railroad town, but by 1920 the town was in decline.  “The railroad through the area was abandoned in 1980, and only a handful of people remain in Ingomar today.”

And I featured Ingomar?  What was I thinking?  I could have featured Sumatra (see local landing map).  Wiki has nothing to say about Sumatra, but I could have featured the Indonesian island of the same name.  But no, I featured Ingomar.  Let’s take a GE look at the town:

ge ingomar 1

And there’s Street View coverage leading up to (but not in) Ingomar:

ge ingomar 2

Here’s the view approaching the town:

ge ingomar 3

And the entry plaza (my term):

ge ingomar 4

Right across the street from the plaza is this landmark building:

ge ingomar 5

Wow.  There it is.  Not much.  But it does have a saloon/restaurant, known as the Jersey Lilly.  Being a Jersey guy myself, I thought maybe there was a New Jersey connection here.  Well, there’s actually a website for the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar, and I lifted some information: 


The Jersey Lilly building was completed as a bank in 1914. This would be lngomar’s first brick building.  About that time, the town had 46 businesses and was known as the sheep shearing capital of the world at one time.

In 1933, Clyde Easterday established the Oasis Bar in the bank building. The cherry wood back bar that is currently in the Jersey Lilly was one of two that were transported from St. Louis up the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers to Forsyth in the early 1900s. It remained in “quarantine” in Forsyth until prohibition was over in 1933, then was installed at the Jersey Lilly. The back bar was transported to Ingomar in the back of a Model T pickup causing the “scratches” that you can see to this day in the mirror frame.

In 1948, Bob Seward came to own the Oasis Bar. The Seward Family, who were originally from Texas, didn’t want their bar to have a common bar name so they decided they would name their bar The Jersey Lilly. This name was taken from the story of Judge Roy Bean from Langtry, Texas.

Judge Roy Bean was an eccentric saloon keeper and Justice of the Peace, who called himself “The Law West of the Pecos.” He was quite taken with the British actress Lilly Langtry.  [A coincidence that he lived in Langtry, Texas?  Maybe, maybe not.]  Lilly’s nickname was Jersey Lilly due to the fact that she was from the Channel Island of Jersey in the United Kingdom.

Judge Roy Bean often boasted of his acquaintance with Lilly Langtry when in reality he never did meet her. He built a wooden saloon/courthouse and named it The Jersey Lilly in hopes that one day she would come to see him.  She never did, although she visited the establishment a year after his death.

A 1990s PBS series, “Backroads of Montana” actually had a feature on Ingomar and the Jersey Lilly.  Skip ahead to the 19:45 mark to check out Ingomar:


Here’s a more recent video, featuring the current owner, Boots Kope, who owns the bar with June Nygren:


Just a few words about Lilly Langtry (from Wiki):

220px-Lillie_langtryEmilie Charlotte Langtry (1853 – 1929), known as Lillie (or Lily or Lilly) Langtry and nicknamed “The Jersey Lilly”, was a British-American socialite, actress and producer.

She was born on the island of Jersey and upon marrying she moved to London in 1876. Her looks and personality attracted interest, commentary, and invitations from artists and society hostesses, and she was celebrated as a young woman of great beauty and charm.

By 1881, she had become an actress and starred in many plays in the UK and the United States, eventually running her own stage production company. In later life, she performed “dramatic sketches” in vaudeville. She was also known for her relationships with noblemen, including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Shrewsbury, and Prince Louis of Battenberg. She was the subject of widespread public and media interest.

I’ll close with shot from TheWeedRoute.com (about the abandoned Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul and Pacific railroad) showing the tracks outside of Ingomar:


That’ll do it . . .




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