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Faulkton, South Dakota

Posted by graywacke on July 24, 2010

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (then every-other-day blog and now a two-or-three-times 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), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  The curse continues with yet another western OSer . . . SD; 51/48; 1/10; 10; 154.2.   It seems like 150 is now months away . . .

If the above two sentences sound familiar, it’s because that’s exactly what I said last landing (and what I’ll keep on saying until I break the pattern).  Here’s my landing map, showing my proximity to several small towns, the largest of which is Gettysburg (pop 1,352) followed by Faulkton (pop 785), followed by Onida (pop 740).  Seneca, Lebanon, Orient and Agar are really teeny:  pop 58, 86, 57 and 82 respectively.


Here’s a broader view:


I landed in the Medicine Ck watershed; on to the Missouri R (352nd hit); on to the MM (748th hit).

Here’s my GE shot, showing, of course, an agricultural setting:


I must admit that I had trouble finding some items of real interest in the vicinity of my landing, so here’s a little this and that.  I’ll start with the “Welcome to Gettysburg” sign:


No additional comment needed.

West of Gettysburg is the Oahe Lake, a dammed-up portion of the Missouri R (see landing map).  When they expanded the Route 212 bridge in anticipation of the coming reservoir (back in the early 1960s), little did they know that the bridge was at the location of a former landslide.  Well, the rising waters of the lake lubricated the old slip plane of the landslide, and darned if it didn’t start slipping again.  For a bunch of years, the earth at the eastern side of the bridge was moving at a rate of up to 10 inches per year.  The landslide is known as the Forest City landslide, after a small town that was inundated by the lake.

Anyway, 10 inches/year doesn’t sound like much, but give it enough years and the bridge abutments could be in trouble.  Anyway, engineers started getting nervous that the bridge would be damaged, so they had to take some serious steps.  They installed stone “columns,” removed a bunch of earth from the head of the slide area and added “shear pins” to the toe of the slide.  Son of a gun if the movement didn’t decrease to less than one-tenth of an inch/year.

Here’s a nice Panaramio picture of the bridge.  The slide area is to the left:


Moving over to Faulkton.  I found some nice old pictures of the town from the Christ and Ingeborg families page on rootsweb.ancestry.com.  Click here if you’d like to see more pictures and descriptions.

Here’s the old courthouse, from the late 1800’s.  I love the guys on the roof . . .


And, from the same era, the bank.  This crowd seems to be more formally dressed . . .


Here’s a shot of Main Street in the 1920s:


Here’s a wonderful overview photo taken at the turn of the century:

South of Faulkton is the little town of Orient.  Here’s a cool picture from the late 1800’s in Orient:


The little town of Agar just celebrated their centennial.  Part of the celebration was a trek by covered wagon:

Moving back to the Rt 212 bridge over the lake, I’ll close with another shot of the bridge.  You have to love the sign . . ..


That’ll do it. . .

KS

Greg

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