The American West or What I did on summer vacation (Take 2)

A wonderful post by my friend Sally, in which she visits an old-time saloon in a small Montana town, left behind to vanish almost completely when the railroad abandoned its tracks, to report a cow on the road separated by a fence from its bawling calf.

Just Sayin'


Vananda and Ingomar, Montana

We like to get off the beaten path as much as we can when traveling.  So here we are, driving down the two lane Route 12 in Montana.  Desolate just got a new meaning, but this road turned out to be quite a wonderful adventure in the end.

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At Vananda Road, about 20 miles northwest of Forsyth, MT, we found an abandoned “village.”  I put that in quotes, because that it had been a town at all was difficult to imagine, but there were a number of falling and fallen down buildings, an old mobile home, a school bus, and one stalwart, seemingly undamaged stone building, notably a school.   At first we thought it might be an Indian Mission School, but upon further investigation we found that it is the last remnant of the town of Vananda, MT.

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About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. My blog is a space for playing with ideas about creativity, innovation, lifelong learning, and the nature of "insight."
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