Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Silos and a Different RV

Canyon Ferry, MT   High 88  Low 49

Last Saturday there was a fishing tournament on the lake. This is just a few of the trucks and boat trailers parked at the boat ramp. This is why Jim doesn’t fish on the week-ends.

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Saw this strange RV in Townsend. I got a picture of the license plate and maybe somebody out there can tell me where they are from.

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When we went to dinner with Barbara and Ron, Ron asked about the Silos. I didn’t have any answers for him and decided to see what I could find out.

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They were built by A. B. Cook, a rancher who raised Hereford cattle at the mouth of Confederate Gulch, which is now under Canyon Ferry Lake. He had the Silos built in close proximity to the stage line from Helena to the Gallatin Valley. They were completed on August 10, 1920 and were used for storing sunflower and corn silage.

One silo cost $1,268 to build and are 42 feet tall and 16 feet in diameter.

Don’t you wonder why this beautiful building has been abandoned? It is located near Winston, MT and was used as a boarding house for miners in the 1880s.

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Hard to believe we only have a week and a half left before we leave this area. We are seriously thinking about spending another month here next summer.

18 comments:

  1. Yep, it's from Germany. I would bet money that they are driving to Argentina or have driven from Argentina and on their way to Alaska or at least Canada. Quite a few Europeans will ship their rigs to Canada, USA or Argentina and then drive from one end to the other and then ship their unit back or perhaps even sell it after.

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  2. That house is or could be beautiful, looks well built how sad. I came across some guys while camping with the best set up. It was a truck with a platform built over the top that held 2 tents. Under the platform were lots of storage bins and cambinets. They shipped it here from Australia And had spent a year on the roads between USA n Canada. It was the last leg of the trip. Very intersting guys.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.

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  3. The rare RV is from East Germany. The licens plate's first letters DW means they are from Dippoldiswalde in the state of Saxony. I have never seen an East-German truck in North America and I find it daring to drive one over here as there would be no parts available in case of a mechanical breakdown. These trucks were made under Russian supervision! Love you photos today.

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  4. What's wrong with staying longer now?

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  5. An interesting Rv I have seen some similar over the years. But like Peter said where would you get parts in case of a breakdown?

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  6. Yep, we too try not to do anything on the weekends! Thanks for the story about the silos!

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  7. I enjoy the posts your are presenting! That boarding house is beautiful. So pleased you are enjoying yourselves.

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  8. We see those RV from time to time. We call them garbage truck RVs because that's what they look like.

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  9. We see those RV from time to time. We call them garbage truck RVs because that's what they look like.

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  10. To each, his own. I think that truck gets the ugly RV award for 2016. ;c)

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  11. It's all very interesting. I think an ugly RV is perfectly acceptable if it works for you.

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  12. I like getting pictures of abandoned buildings. There is proably a good reason why it is vacant. I have seen lots of them around the country.

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  13. It's good to find places that make you want to come back.

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  14. If the weather is good, why not stay longer? Your area is so pretty.

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  15. I agree that I would want to stay a bit longer. I love that old house - too bad it hasn't been restored and put to good use.

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  16. We saw a similar one last year and talked to the owner about it. He was from Germany and touring the US. Love that you have enjoyed your time so much there. It'll give you something wonderful to look forward to.

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  17. Poor Mr Cook. I hope they paid him well for his ranch before they buried it under water.

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