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Ruth (revisited) and Jakes Valley, Nevada

Posted by graywacke on December 1, 2014

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now more-or-less a once or twice a week 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 and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2136; A Landing A Day blog post number 564.

Dan:  OK.  This is getting out of hand.  Six OSers in a row, with this landing in . . . NV; 85/77; 3/10; 2; 148.1.  The odds are roughly 50/50 OS/US, so six in a row = one chance in 26 = one chance in 64.  Enough already.

Anyway, here’s my regional landing map:

 landing 1

My local landing map shows that I landed fairly close to Ruth, Lane & Ely:

 landing 2

Here’s my Google Earth (GE) landing video:


Zooming back a little, you can see Ruth, Jakes Valley and the low spot where drainage from my landing ends up:

 GE 1

Speaking of the low spot, there’s a low spot in the valley labeled “Circle Wash” on StreetAtlas.  I Googled Circle Wash, and I found this hilarious website:

circle wash fishing

Just imagine how many other places one could find where “there are no fish here.”  Anyway, while perusing GE (and after I had turned on the “roads” function), I saw this about a mile south of my landing:

 GE 2

Old Lincoln Highway, eh?  As regular readers know, I’ve landed near the Lincoln Highway a number of times and have featured it in several posts, including Hazen NV, Earling IA, Truckee CA, Tippett NV, Dugway UT, and Dugway UT (revisisted).  Anyway, the Lincoln Highway was the first coast-to-coast road that could be negotiated by the automobile.  It was completed in 1913.

For this part of Nevada, nearly all of the references say that the Lincoln Highway follows Route 50, which it did in the 1920s.  But not in 1913!  In 1913, the road followed the route I’ve added in white (which includes the portion shown on the above photo):

 GE old lincoln highway

The road still exists, except for the far western end and the whole section around Ruth, which was obliterated by the mining operations (I just guessed at its location there).

From the University of Michigan Lincoln Highway photo archives is this back-in-the-day shot taken quite close to my landing:

old LHW shot

Here’s a shot of what the road looks like now (by Dale Southern, as posted in SierraTraveler.com):


Imagine crossing Jakes Valley on a dirt road in a Model T . . .

It turns out that I landed near Ruth back in February of 2009.  I started A Landing A Day in November of 2008, and this Ruth landing was just my 63rd post.  Click HERE to learn all about Ruth (it’s a cool post!).

Here’s a shot from that post of the town (from Sangres.com):


Since that post, I found this back-in-the-day shot (from IHPWorkshops.com):

IHPworkshops.com town back in the day

Also – my old post stated that the mine closed in 1999 (correct) and is still closed (incorrect).  It’s open and here’s a Panoramio shot by Thomas Galenbeck of the current mining operation:

 pano thomas galenbeck the liberty pit

And a current (and definitely not very exciting) video by Grover Cleveland of a dump truck dumping mine tailings:


Here’s a 1940 picture from my earlier post of which I am particularly fond:


Something else that I missed before was the Stephen King connection with Ruth.  From Wiki:

Stephen King was inspired to write Desperation as a result of a cross-country drive in 1991, during which he visited the small desert community of Ruth, Nevada, near U.S. 50. His first thought was that the town’s inhabitants were all dead. He then wondered who had killed them, and the idea occurred to him that the town’s sheriff had done so.


I’m reading Desperation, and it is creepy indeed.

I’ll close with this Pano shot by QWilleran of Route 50 as it crosses the northern end of Jakes Valley:

 pano qwilleran

That’ll do it.




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Earling, Iowa

Posted by graywacke on May 8, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a twice-a-week 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 and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2011; A Landing A Day blog post number 429.

Dan –  My 43rd landing in this OSer puts me at 1/6 . . . IA; 43/37; 5/10; 11; 153.2.  Here’s my regional landing map:

 earl landing 1

And, what the heck, here’s a big picture map showing all my landings (including the foreign landings and the water “landings”), since I started using StreetAtlas 2013 in January:

 earl landing 4

Today’s landing is part of the tight little cluster of three landings around western IA and eastern NE (the more northern IA landing.  You can also see the NM cluster (4 landings).

 Here’s my closer-in landing map, showing that I landed in the middle of a bunch of small towns:

 earl landing 2

My Google Earth (GE) shot shows a lovely palette of green and beige:

 earl ge 1

Stepping back, the loveliness of the palette remains:

 earl ge 2

Here’s a GE StreetView shot looking south towards my landing, which is about a half mile away:

 earl ge streetview 0.5 mi n

Looks like I probably landed in a cornfield, eh?  But I think that the GE aerial shot is a springtime shot when the land is plowed, but the corn hasn’t come up yet – as evidenced by this close-in oblique shot of my landing (looking south):

 earl ge 3

Anyway, drainage leading away from my landing heads west into Pigeon Creek, which flows southwest directly into the Missouri (371st hit); and on to the MM (791st hit).

 As is my wont, I did a quick Google search to see which town has the best hook.  It was pretty slim pickings, but the winner is (as you know by the post title) – Earling.  As you’ll soon see, what went on in Earling is a little . . . different.

 But first, this GE shot, showing that Earling is carved out of the same lovely palette:

 earl ge 4

From Wiki, about how the town got its name:

The town was platted in 1882 and was named Marathon.  However, when the Post Office informed the town that Marathon was already taken, the name of the town was changed to Earling, in honor of Albert J. Earling who was division superintendent of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway.

 I think there are hundreds of Midwestern towns named after railroad executives.  I mean, what better way to make sure the railroad passes by your little settlement?  But really:  Earling??

 OK, enough of that.  But here’s the juicy story about Earling, from Wiki:

Earling is well known in paranormal circles for being the site of a 1928 exorcism. Over 23 days in 1928, a Roman Catholic Capuchin named Theophilus Riesinger worked to exorcise demons from Emma Schmidt at the local Franciscan convent. During the exorcism Schmidt reportedly flew across the room, landed high above the door, and clung tightly to the wall. Despite attempts by church officials to keep the exorcism secret, townspeople soon began hearing strange noises coming from the convent as well as horrid odors. Finally after 23 days the demons in Schmidt’s body gave up after Father Riesinger commanded, “Depart, ye fiends of hell! Begone, Satan.” After the exorcism Schmidt reportedly led a fairly normal life.

 The reference for the Wiki piece is a 2008 article from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.  Unfortunately, I can’t find the newspaper article.  However, there are many internet sites that reference the famous Earling exorcism.  A couple of them quote a pamphlet published soon after the exorcism (and make sure you read every word):

“Outpourings that would fill a pitcher, yes, even a pail, full of the most obnoxious stench were most unnatural. These came in quantities that were, humanly speaking, impossible to lodge in a normal being. At that the poor creature had eaten scarcely anything for weeks, so that there had been reason to fear she would not survive. At one time the emission was a bowl full of matter resembling vomited macaroni. At another time an even greater measure, having the appearance of sliced and chewed tobacco leaves, was emitted. From ten to twenty times a day this wretched creature was forced to vomit though she had taken at the most only a teaspoonful of water or milk by way of food.”

Wow.  Pretty intense stuff.  Would have been fascinating to have been a fly on the wall of the Franciscan Convent in Earling in 1928 . . .

 The websites that discuss this can be basically divided into two camps:  1) religious sites that present the exorcism as a (not surprisingly) religious event, and 2) psychic / paranormal sites, where you can imagine that the soundtrack (if there was one) would be campy spooky music . . .

 Moving right along –  Route 30, which you can see on my landing map just west of my landing, follows the route of the old Lincoln Highway.  In fact, here’s a picture of an old brick-paved portion of the highway where is goes through Woodbine (Panoramio shot by Fred Henstridge):

 earl pan lincoln highway fred henstridge

Although I’ve landed near the Lincoln Highway before and have featured it before in ALAD posts, here’s a little history about the highway, from Wiki:

 The Lincoln Highway is one of the first transcontinental highways for automobiles across the United States of America.   The highway turns 100 years old in 2013.  It spans coast-to-coast from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco.

Conceived in 1912 and formally dedicated October 31, 1913, the Lincoln Highway is America’s first national memorial to President Abraham Lincoln, predating the 1922 dedication of the Lincoln Memorial. As the first automobile road across America, the Lincoln Highway brought great prosperity to the hundreds of cities, towns and villages along the way and became affectionately known as “The Main Street Across America.”

I’ll close with a couple of scenic Panoramio shots, both located about 10 miles west of my landing.  First one entitled “Larry’s Aircoupe” (tonywlbr):

 earl pan larry's aircoupe by tony wlbr

And then, this cool train shot by rbenkovitz:

 earl pan rbenkovitz near woodbine 

That’ll do it.




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Dugway, Utah

Posted by graywacke on December 29, 2008

Here for the first itme?  Check out “About Landing.”


Dan –  Oh oh.  4 OSers in a row (and 5/6).  I’m still hanging in there with 4/10+, but barely.  So where did I land?  Just another classic WBer . . . UT; 57/45; 4/10; 10; 166.0. 



I have practically nothing to say about watersheds.  I landed in a ut, on to a low spot called “Hatch Well,” which is internally-drained.



I landed out in the Utah desert, about 60 miles SW of downtown Salt Lake City (and about 35 miles south of the Great Salt Lake), near the town of Dugway.  My guess is that Dugway is a mining town – and I’ll admit to probably being influenced by the past tense of the word “dig,” and it’s obvious connection to mining.  But first, here’s a map:




Well, it turns out that I was totally wrong.  From Wiki:

Dugway is located in Tooele County.  The population was 2,016, at the 2000 census, a modest increase over the 1990 figure of 1,761. “Dugway” is synonymous with the United States Army’s giant testing facility, Dugway Proving Grounds. The housing area designated for military and civilian personnel is referred to as “English Village.”

For those, like me, who had no clue how to pronounce Tooele, here’s the pronunciation (from my daughter who used to live in Utah):  “Too – will – a”  with the accent on the second syllable.  When I was out visiting my daughter, I pronounced it “Toolee”  and received only mocking laughter for my pronunciatory naïveté.  (OK, so pronumciatory isn’t a word . . .)



So anyway, Dugway Proving Grounds:




DPG Mission Statement:

“Dugway Proving Ground – THE Focal Point for Chemical and Biological Defense”

DPG Vision Statement:

“As the nation’s designated chemical and biological Major Range and Test Facility Base, Dugway Proving Ground provides testing and support for chemical and biological defense and related programs.”



The Dugway Profile

We provide quality testing today that will help keep Our Nation’s Defense strong for tomorrow. Our test experts are qualified and eager to support your test needs, from initial planning and test conduct through test evaluation and reporting.

The Department of Defense has designated U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground as a major range and testing facility, and the primary chemical and biological defense testing center under the Reliance Program. Testers here determine the reliability and survivability of all types of military equipment in a chemical or biological environment.

The Proving Ground covers 798,214 acres. It is located in the Great Salt Lake Desert, approximately 85 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah. Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, the Proving Ground’s terrain varies from level salt flats to scattered sand dunes and rugged mountains.

 Here’s a picture of the residential “English Village.”


Very cool scenery out there in the Utah desert, eh?  From Wiki’s entry about Dugway:

The transcontinental Lincoln Highway passed through the present site of the Dugway Proving Ground, the only significant section of the old highway closed to the public. At least one old wood bridge over a creek still stands.

Here’s a picture of the bridge:



From Wiki, this about the Lincoln Highway:

The Lincoln Highway was the first road across the United States of America.   The Lincoln Highway originally spanned coast-to-coast from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco through 13 states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California.



Conceived in 1912 and formally dedicated October 31, 1913, the Lincoln Highway was America’s first major memorial to President Abraham Lincoln, predating the 1922 dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. by 9 years. As the first automobile road across America, the Lincoln Highway brought great prosperity to the hundreds of cities, towns and villages along the way. Affectionately, the Lincoln Highway became known as “The Main Street Across America”.


The Lincoln Highway Association (LHA), originally established in 1913 to plan, promote, and sign the highway, was re-formed in 1992 and is now dedicated to promoting and preserving the road. The LHA, with over 1100 members throughout the United States and overseas, has active state chapters in 12 Lincoln Highway states. The association maintains a national tourist center in Franklin Grove, Illinois, in a historic building built by Harry Isaac Lincoln, a cousin of Abraham Lincoln. The LHA holds yearly national conventions, and is governed by a board of directors with representatives from each Lincoln Highway state.

Here’s the route of the Lincoln Highway:


LH Route

And here are the current routes that follow the Highway:


It turns out that many people like to drive the entire length of the old Lincoln Highway.  But, of course, they have a problem because they can’t follow the LH (as afectionadios call it) through the Dugway Proving Grounds.  Here’s a picture showing horses along Pony Express Road, the LH bypass around Dugway.  This is part of a cool LH blog.  Click here to check it out.


This shows a part of the original LH west of Dugway (in 1913).  Tough place to get a flat or run out of gas . . .






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