POTD: No Service

No Service
Jeffrey City, Wyoming
2019

The Catholic Church in Jeffrey City on a Sunday morning. No sign of a service happening that day, which is perhaps largely explained by the fact that Jeffrey City is no more than a ghost town these day–only a few stragglers hanging on after the mines closed down some years ago.

POTD: The Wolf Point Bridge

The Wolf Point Bridge
Wolf Point, Montana
2019

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
2019

“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)