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Stanley, North Dakota

Posted by graywacke on November 4, 2009

First timer? In this (hopefully) once-a-day 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 –  After a week in Eleuthera (with no landings), and then a couple of hectic days back home (with no landings), I’m finally posting.  Still in the doldrums (3/10; 9 in a row 4/10 or less), with today’s landing in . . . ND; 51/42; 3/10; 9; 152.9.  Here’s my landing map, showing my proximity to Belden, Stanley & Palermo.


I landed in the Shell Ck watershed, on to the Missouri (335th hit); on to the MM (712th hit).  Here’s a broader view, showing my proximity to the Missouri.


The Missouri is dammed here, and you can see part of Lake Sakakawea.  From Wiki, about the lake:

Lake Sakakawea is a reservoir in the Missouri River basin in central North Dakota. Named for the ShoshoneHidatsa woman Sakakawea, it is the third largest man-made lake in the United States, after Lake Mead and Lake Powell.

The reservoir was created with the completion of Garrison Dam in 1956, the second (and largest) of six main-stem dams on the Missouri River built and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control, hydroelectric power, navigation and irrigation.

The creation of the lake displaced members of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation from the cities of Van Hook and Sanish, forcing the creation of New Town. Incidentally, one name that had been proposed for New Town was ‘Vanish’ (a pun on the two previous towns’ names).Fort Berthold Indian Reservation from the cities of Van Hook and Sanish, forcing the creation of New Town. Incidentally, one name that had been proposed for New Town was ‘Vanish’ (a pun on the two previous towns’ names).

I love the idea of combining Van Hook and Sanish and naming the town “Vanish.”   Here are some nice photos of the lake:




Getting back to my landing spot, here’s my GE shot, which shows some real funky landscapes.  It looks like a glaciated, uneven terrain, but I have no clue what the light gray area to the east is.


Here’s another GE view, a little further back.  Verrrry interesting . . .


Anyway, I stumbled on a travel blog by Bill & Barbara Windsor (click here for their blog).  Here’s what they had to say about New Town & Stanley:

New Town provided a real laugh!  Here’s a picture of The Earl Bunyan Statue:


Not PAUL Bunyan, but Earl. Earl was “dreamed up by Fred and Berd LaRocque” in 1958. Earl stands about 20-feet tall — a string bean with a mustache. He stands atop a pile of rocks, wears a cowboy hat, boots, and tight-fitting jeans. The story they created is that Earl is Paul’s brother. Fred and Berd are buried beneath the statue.

We visited Stanley, North Dakota to have a Whirla-Whip at the Dakota Drug Store. A Whirla-Whip is a mixture of ice cream with any of a variety of fruits and/or candies. The machine whips the ice cream and additives together, and the end result is a thick blended cross between a milk shake and ice cream.

Dakota Drug began using the Whirl-a-Whip machine in 1949. The machine was manufactured between 1937 and 1942. Whirl-a-Whip was really popular at Dakota Drug, and the owners of the store had the foresight to begin purchasing Whirl-a-Whip machines from small town stores in North Dakota in the early 60’s when many of them were remodeling and removing soda fountains from their stores.

As a result, the store now has several Whirl-a-Whip machines, and Dakota Drug is the only place in the world where you can get an original Whirl-a-Whip.

Being a curious kind of guy, I Googled Whirl-a-Whip, and it turns out that the idea lives on.  If you happen to have an ice cream parlor, you can buy yourself a new fangled version of the Whirla Whip which appears to do pretty much what the older version did.   Maybe the old version is Whirl-a-Whip and the new version, Whirla Whip (sans dashes).  Anyway, from the Whirla Whip website:


If you have a hankerin’ for a Whirl-a-Whip (with two dashes), you know where you have to go.  I’ll close with a couple of cloud pictures from Palermo (two shots of the same cloud formation):

sky over palermo

sky over palermo2

That’ll do it.



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