September 2019

POTD: The Wolf Point Bridge

The Wolf Point Bridge
Wolf Point, Montana

The Wolf Point Bridge over the Missouri River (a.k.a. the Lewis and Clark Bridge), finished in 1930 was at the time, still is, and probably will always be (because they’re not building bridges like this anymore) the longest and most massive riveted through truss bridge in Montana. It is 1,074 feet long and contains 1,150 tons of steel. Highway traffic no longer uses this bridge as a new one of more modern design was constructed next to it. There are bike/walking paths leading to both ends of the bridge but for some reason the ends of the bridge have been fenced off. That suggests it may have structural problems but it still looked quite sound to me, especially compared to the one I had recently crossed outside of Terry, Montana.

POTD: ‘Til the Wheels Fall Off and Burn

‘Til the Wheels Fall Off and Burn
Miles City, Montana

“How far are y’all going?” Ruby asked us with a sigh
“We’re going all the way ’til the wheels fall off and burn
’Til the sun peels the paint and the seat covers fade and the water moccasin dies”
Ruby just smiled and said, “Ah, you know some babies never learn”

–lyric from Bob Dylan, Brownsville Girl (click for video)


POTD: Rope Your Own

Rope Your Own
Circle, Montana

The angle of this shot makes it look as if this woman is about to lasso her own horse. She didn’t, but she also didn’t rope the intended target–the steer she was chasing.

POTD: Missed

Circle, Montana

This guy meant to come off his horse, he just didn’t mean to hit the ground without his arms attached to the steer he was chasing.

POTD: Closing In

Closing In
Circle, Montana

This guy tried four times to get close enough to this steer to leap off his horse and wrestle it to the ground. While he finally succeeded, he received no points for his effort as it took longer than the allowed time limit. But he should have been given credit for not giving up.