Monday, October 28, 2013

One Fall Day Part 2

Saturday was a pretty spectacular day.  
Friday was great too.  I went for a little drive across the border to just enjoy the great fall weather.  The air was still and warm.  I listened to Lady Antebellum until I crossed the border and then I put in a cd I bought at a gift store a few weeks ago with all songs about Montana so I could be in a Montana state of mind. It was great.  I think before I get started with my intended fall post I will throw in a few pictures from Friday. 

I needed to go to the post office in Babb, but then I decided to just keep driving. I just took pictures along the way that interested me. I actually took my nice camera to take pictures of buffalo.  Somebody bought a lot of them a few years ago. Like hundreds, and I thought it would be fun to take some close-ups like my bear picture. 

I entered this picture in a Waterton photo contest a few weeks ago and got third place. I was pretty excited about it! 
My prize is a one night stay in The Waterton Lodge Hotel. 

So last week the buffalo were RIGHT by the gate.  I had my iPad and took a few pictures, but nothing really great. I was really hoping to find them again by the gate on Friday, but they were far far away on the distant plains. Another time.  I really need to just bring my nice camera whenever I go to Waterton and Babb because you never ever know what you might see. 

 I love the layers in this pictures. These are cattle in recently farmed land because you can see the rows. 

 Just a pinto horse. Or is it an appaloosa. I think its a pinto. 

 This might be a little hard to spot, but if you look at the top edge of this mountain you can see a silhouette. This mountain is called, St. Mary and you can see her profile. She is facing upwards. Her chin to the left and then her lips and nose and forehead towards the right. 
See it? 

 Along the roads and highways in Montana they have white cross markers where people have died in accidents. This one caught my eye because it is so different that what you normally see. 

 This is St. Marys church in Babb.  I'm not even sure it is being used anymore. 

 Ok. Now see this?  I don't really know how I found out about this little white building, but it is an old jail. Long ago, it was a real working jail. It's built into the side of a hill. 
It is between Babb Elementary School and the fire station. I decided to pull into the school parking lot to get a closer picture and there was an older gentleman who had just pulled in as well with a horse trailer.  I asked him if he knew anything about the jail and he didn't but he said I could just go up and take a look inside. Why not right?  I just went through the barbed wire fence and walked up the hill. 

 I think this is crazy. 

 I think if these next pictures are in black and white it will be much more fun. 
More creepy and erie. 

 You can kind of see an old mattress in the corner.

 Ya gotta have a toilet right? 

 Nice view, isn't it? 

 Built in the side of the hill. I can't imagine this being too warm or cozy in the winter. Maybe it was a summer time jail. 
I actually went online to see if I could find some information on the old jail and couldn't find a thing. I went to good old facebook and Babb has a page. I posted a picture of the jail and asked if anyone had any info. or stories cuz I know there has got to be some. 
Here are a few replies to my facebook post. 

I remember that ol jail, I don't think anyone ever had keys to it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but there was never a jurisdiction established. they would just put drunks in, and when they sobered up they would realize the doors were not locked. 

It was a water tank for the school before it was converted to a jail. The conversion came soon after liquor became legal on the rez. Early to mid 1950's.

I remember they had drunks in there sometimes n we would go up to the vent pipe n yell stuff at them...  I think Mike Cassidy peed in it more than once.......

Talk to some Canadian Indians they can tell u some horror stories

My Grandpa Rob used to tell me that his dad Amp Powell who was sheriff would put drunks in their until they would be transported to Browning or were released.

 On my way home from a fun field trip by my lonesome.  
It was fun and nice to "get away". 

Ok, so back to my post about yesterday.
It was such a nice fall day. Mark did some work in the morning and early afternoon while I helped Dixie and then we headed to the creek for one last visit.

 Do you see Rio in the tracks there? She loves going to the creek.  After we get off the highway and onto the gravel and the pastures we let her out and man does she run and run and run! She can run about 20mph. It's true. 

 Here she is looking out over the creek and scratching her tummy.  She couldn't wait to get in the water. 

 Rio is a good pal to have around at the creek.
Pretty sure she would scare off any bear or coyote. 

 I came to take pictures and enjoy the great weather.  We knew there was storm brewing and wanted to enjoy one last great day! The temperature was over 60 degrees!

 A selfie. 

 Clark will remember this spot. It is a dammed up area on the creek. 

Rio has never been able to figure out how to retrieve. It's so funny. Not that Rio could have brought this log back.  Small or big, she can't retrieve. I thought that was an instinct. 

 Cool beaver logs.  Look at the chewing marks. 

 Rio can't retrieve but she can catch rocks in mid air in her mouth! 
See the rock in the air? 

 Now she has a rock in her mouth.  Crazy girl!

 Just a view from the ground looking up. 

 The sun is setting on the fun day......

This was taken this afternoon. Sunday, October 27. 
Yep, it is now over 30 degrees colder in less than 24 hours!
 Goodbye fall, Hello winter!


Dixie Dee said...

Another fun post Marilee!
Great shots the Jail and Landscape of Babb! I just love all your photos, they really do tell a story. The horse is a paint or pinto horse! Very nice that you could get to the creek for one last time. Rio is always up for a good time isn't she?
Can't wait to go to a Gallery of Marilee's photo's in San Fran or Colorado, Park City, Paris, oh who knows!!

Brad said...


This blog post was awesome. Also, sorry about the snow! wawawaaaa

Come down for Thanksgiving! We're celebrating it on Friday!@

Marilou said...

Love this post!
One of my favs!!!!!

Marilou said...

Oh and one more thing completely off topic.
I'm thinking Canadian thanksgiving is at your house next year.

Laurel Lee Cahoon said...

I already said it in your email but i really liked this post! The People of Montana should be really happy to have you documenting their state. The Jail thing is pretty cool! Also, you should do canadian thanksgiving at your place next year and american thanksgiving at Brad's this year! like, this month! woo!

JillN said...

Who knew about the jail with no key? I like going to Babb to watch how Chief Mountain changes as you go. Way to seize the day and just go for a drive by yourself and then to hang out at the creek.
From Kaylynn

Anonymous said...

Just saw your blog. I was a member of the RCMP stationed in Cardston, Alberta in 1959/60, and that jail was in use then. I visited it frequently during my time there ... retrieving or delivering prisoners in co-operation with State Police and US Border Patrol. Your photos took me on a trip down memory lane. thanks