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Lake Ellwell, Montana

Posted by graywacke on May 18, 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 – Well, I had gone 28 landings without landing in my #1 nemesis; but all good things must come to an end. . . MT; 104/83; 5/10; 7; 161.4. For perhaps the first time, I’m going to show you my most-close-in view of my landing (i.e., what I first see when I enter the lat/long into StreetAtlas):


Here’s my view with three zoom clicks out:


And this, with three more zoom clicks out:

landing 13

And here’s a broader view.  This landing is N48 / W111, up in the N-Cen part of the state:


So, I landed in Lake Ellwell, which was formed by building the Tiber Dam across the Marias R.  This was my fourth landing in the Marias; on to the Missouri (326th hit).

In a highly unusual departure for me, I’m not even going to mention any of the nearby towns, but will instead concentration solely on Lake Ellwell (which only seems right, seeing how as I actually landed in the lake).

I’ll start with a little history. Here’s an October 1952 photo showing President Truman pushing down the plunger to set off some dynamite to clear away some bedrock to start building the Tiber Dam:

Truman at tiber

Here’s a wonderful picture of the Lake:

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And this shot of the landscape just downstream from the dam:

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Speaking of below the dam, here’s another shot:


Back to the lake, here’s something about which I had no clue. What’s that? It’s the fact that pelicans are happily ensconced at Lake Ellwell:

Pelicans at the lake

And what the heck, here’s a sunset shot of the lake:

lake ellway1



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