A New Cap for the Teslow

They've started the long journey forward with the restoration of the Teslow granary. If you look on my sidebar at categories, and click on granary, I have a couple of posts that will tell a bit of the story on the process of saving the old Teslow in our town. I borrowed a few pics from Facebook to show the placement of the new top on the building.

A construction company built the new roofing system on the ground, then hired the same crane company that moved our cabin, to hoist the new structure into place. That is no small feat in our town, where the wind blows at gale force 90% of the time.

Yikes that's a long way up!!

And there it is, all secure on it's new perch. Those guys at Montana Crane Company are a very talented lot. Also, the fellows working at OSM Construction surely had their work cut out for them with all measuring, cabling, stabilizing, etc. in preparation for the roof placement all those many stories up, up, up in the sky! So glad they are saving the old gal!





Community Rally – A Teslow Update

A few posts ago I told about the impending demolition of the antique Teslow granary in our town. I mentioned how sad a lot of folks were about losing this icon…..boy, I was not exaggerating! Even tho it was really down to the wire, a bunch of concerned citizens jumped right on it.

There were folks popping out of the woodwork at the very last minute, rallying to save the Teslow.

With cooperation from the owner, and some very generous people, they were able to purchase the building and stop the demolition.

Even a TV actor who owns a home locally stepped in to help the cause.

Actor James Denton

The effort made papers and news stations around the state.

How awesome! I'm so glad it gets to stay. Because once they're gone, they're gone.

The big question now – What are they gonna do with it? It's, as yet, a mystery!

Stay tuned…………… ๐Ÿ™‚



(all the pics are from Facebook)



They’re Taking Her Down

I didn't do my homework before starting this post, so I'm not sure what year the Teslow granary was built, but this iconic structure has stood in our little town for all my life, and even as far back as my Mom can remember, and she moved here when she was a teenager, many moons ago.

Now it's scheduled for demolition. Many of our townsfolk are very sad! There is a community appreciation site for our town on Facebook, and they have had a kind of photo “contest” to basically just honor and show our appreciation for this long time sentry of of our little country town.

These photos I am sharing from Facebook-



You can see how it's been slowly falling apart over the years. The wind in this area is wicked, and structures here, especially ones as tall as this, require more maintenance than buildings in areas with less volatile elements. The roof is blowing off, bit by bit, as are sections of the sheet metal cladding. The busiest street in our town runs right next to this granary, so it is more than a little hazardous having chunks of this building fall to the street.

These are photos I have taken of the old building –



It was for sale at one time, and I heard someone was interested in restoring and putting a restaurant in the building. I guess it all proved to be too much of an undertaking, because it never came to fruition.

So, over the next few weeks, we'll be losing a piece of our little town's history. I really hate to see these kinds of things slip away.






Sunday is the first of my 3 days off from work each week. It is the only day Bruce and I have off together. Nearly every week I end up doing the same things on my days off….laundry, clean house, pay bills, go to the grocery store, more laundry, etc., etc.

This last Sunday, I got up, was out of milk for coffee, and decided today was a good day for a French vanilla latte! So I hopped in my car and went downtown and bought one ( which is about a 3 times per year special occasion for me).

Coming home, I passed the gas station, and it dawned on me that gas is pretty darn cheap presently!


Mr. Bruce totally agreed, so we put our heads together to come up with an interesting destination. After throwing out 3 or 4 ideas, I suggested Harlowton, because it is Only 79 miles from here, and I've never been there in my life. We usually road-trip westward because it is more mountainous, therefore a bit prettier in my book. When you head East from here, once past Big Timber it gets fairly flat and prairie-ish.

We loaded up the poochies and were off and running. Just out of Big Timber, we headed north. First stop; Melville, MT. Had never been there before either. It consists of approximately 2 houses, 4 empty buildings, and a little BBQ shack restaurant that is also the post office. Blink and you miss it ๐Ÿ™‚ But about another mile down the road is the most charming little church. And you are also on the backside of the Crazy Mountains which gives a beautiful new perspective.





It was a kind of funny, overcast day. Even tho it was still pretty scenery, the light was pretty crummy for picture taking. It made the buildings look sort of scary, rather than charming and old. So I skipped pics of the little town.

Next stop, Harlowton. I was surprised at it's size, actually. I thought it would be about half as big. It even has it's own compact little hospital. Checking online, it says they have a population of 991 people.

Here is a photo of their Credit Union. It is such a cool little building! Constructed of all small, round-ish, multicolored local rocks. There were several fences around town built by the same method.

We toured around, took the dogs for a short walk to give 'em a potty break, then headed down the road.

We came upon this sign which gave an interesting history about the Crazies, so thought I'd share.

(For some reason, the way this blog is formatted, all the photos are very small. If you click on the photo you can see a much larger and better detailed version.)

Next little town we hit was Two Dot. About 3 times the size of Melville, making for a grand total of about 18 buildings, maybe 8 of which were occupied. It says online the population is 127, but I think that might be stretching it a bit, unless they may have counted the dogs and chickens ๐Ÿ˜‰

Down the road another stretch, and we came to Lennep, MT. It says online that Lennep is a ghost town, but we saw some vehicles parked by a couple buildings, whatever that's worth. They also had a pretty little church that looks very well cared for, for a ghost town.


I think the larger building below was most likely a store, and maybe hotel, guessing by the number of rooms it seems to have held. The smaller building, not sure. The railroad ran right thru the town back in the day.


An old squared log home, right on the edge of town.

The next town is Martinsdale. It houses the Bair Family museum, an old ranch homestead that has been restored and opened to the public. It is a wonderful adventure to take in.

Google images


Google images

It was closed when Bruce and I drove past, but my Mom, Son, and myself toured it several years ago.

Then we finished the loop by dropping thru Wilsall, Clyde Park, then home. It was a very fun day, and now I can't say I haven't been to Harlowton!

We were blessed by the most phenomenal sunset – it was truly the cherry on top!






Lots O’ Changes

It's been a couple weeks since my last post. Boy, lots can happen in even such few days. We've had a birthday, a holiday, a funeral, a “possibly won't need surgery” doctor visit (fingers crossed – only minor surgery, but no surgery at all is a much better option), a new job!, and a new camera. Talk about hills and dales.

Anyway, I finally caved and got an awesome new camera (Canon EOS Rebel T3i). I was determined not to spend the money on something I felt was such an unneeded extravagance, especially with all the cabin repairs looming ahead of us this Spring and Summer. Good Mr.Bruce, who had been encouraging me all along to just do it, said it could be an early birthday present, to which I added it would also be a Mother's Day, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas present…….for the next 4 years. But, I think this will be a good investment in banking our memories, and I plan on making this camera earn it's keep. I'm going to document the dickens out of this cabin rejuvenation ahead.

It did help ease the guilt a bit that the day I got the camera, I also found out I would be starting a new job! Yup, I've been a kept woman for the last 3 years. My last job spanned from kid-hood, to sprouting-gray-hair-hood. I worked for the same outfit from just a bit out of High School, to 3 years ago. That encompassed my entire adult life. IN. ONE. PLACE. I did some major soul searching and finally came to the conclusion that there had to be more to life than what I was experiencing, and I bailed. Talk about scary! It felt akin to jumping out the door of a jet airplane with a little, tiny parachute pack and arm floaties on. I discovered I love being a homemaker, but unfortunately it doesn't pay too well! And with a kid in college, and a new hobby (aka cabin) which I have a feeling may get to be a bit expensive during the extreme makeover that's coming, guess it's time to wake up and smell the coffee. I'm very optimistic about this new job as it is a complete 180 from what I did before; and I plan to jump in with both feet and give it my all. I thank the good Lord for this opportunity, and thank my good friend and neighbor Eileen for giving me a heads up, and a leg up on this terrific job!

So, in my last few days before jumping back into the job pool, I've been dutifully studying the camera manual, and researching tutorials online. But today I decided enough was enough, and I just wanted to go out in the beautiful Spring Day and play with the darn thing! Here are the results of my folly ๐Ÿ™‚

I am very intrigued by the old advertising art painted on the sides of the downtown buildings here in our little town. A lot of effort has gone into trying to preserve these icons, and I think they are wonderful!







I think these photos prove that this is a pretty phenomenal camera when clear, sharp pictures come thru in spite of the ding-a-ling that was pushing the buttons! I'm anxious to learn how to properly operate this camera, and discover all the added nuances it offers as you gain knowledge and confidence.

When I step out my front door and turn right, this is the view I am gifted with! Our house is on a hill above the town, so our view is pretty much unobstructed. Look at that beautiful blue sky!

The biggest problem I had with my little point and shoot was trying to take pictures inside the house. Try as I might, I could never get any kind of sharpness on anything inside with the lack of natural light in my very “treed in” house.

Well, this pic and the next few, were taken in my basement, without a flash! I was impressed with the detail it showed for sure.



And these next were using the close-up function on some new posies appearing in my garden


So, onward and upward!! And here's hoping the best is yet to come!





Historic Districts

I had to bring the truck over the hill to Bruce earlier this week. He had gotten a door from a fellow on Craigslist, but had driven his car to work not knowing that this guy would contact him so quickly and he'd have to pick it up that day. We decided to make a date of it. Those are few and far between in our world, so it was Carpe Diem ๐Ÿ™‚ I pulled into town around 4, went to an antique store I rarely stop at because it is so wretched trying to find a parking place there, spent about an hour looking around, found a bazillion cool things, but didn't spend a dime (so proud of myself). Picked Bruce up (and the door) around 5, and did some fine dining at Burger King. Then we drove over to the Historic District, parked the truck, and started hiking. Bruce just got a new snazzy phone from work, so we decided to take a few pics while we were hoofing it. This is just a tiny sampling of the beautiful historic homes there.


2 shots of the same house, to show the pretty windows.

I felt weird getting too close to take the pictures. Wish you could see the detail of the way they painted these porch posts.

The porch, a couple of the brick walls and their windows on this house are all curved. That includes the glass in the windows. I bet they pray no kids with baseballs get near their house, that curved glass can't be easy to replace!

I love the fretwork on these old homes. It is very detailed.

I am about 97% sure that this house above was in an issue of This Old House magazine several years ago. It was a very interesting article about the near total renovation of this home while they lived in a teeny apartment above the garage on the property.

There are a few brightly colored homes, like the one above, but it seems for the most part in the district, the colors are pretty demure, or the homes are brick.



This house has a very large and pretty side lot that they have meticulously landscaped.

Here is a closer shot of the front of that house.


This plaque stands in the front yard of the home shown in the 2 pictures above this one. There is a lot of history intertwined in this home, the people who resided there, and the extended family.

See the picture window next to the porch on this home? There is a beautiful stained glass window at the top if you look. I felt pretty brazen taking a picture of this in broad daylight so I had decided to skip it, and Bruce just grabbed the phone/camera from me and took it! Nobody came out of the house and chased us with a broom or anything!


This tour only encompassed about a 6 or 8 block radius. There are many, many more homes in this area that are just amazing.

After looking at the above pictures, I decided it was only fair to share the Historic District where I live, so I took my iPad out for a drive a few days later (Glee came with and helped ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Our little town has but one street where the affluent built big, fancy homes around the turn of the century. That was when the railroad really took off and the town started to grow exponentially. Here are a few of the finest –

This is called the Talcott Mansion. You should see this house decorated at Christmastime – gorgeous!

Presently, this house is on the market, listed for $449,500.00, which makes folks around here's eyes bug out. It is very pretty inside, but that's a lot of moolah for an in town house for sure! At least in this town.

A former B&B, this house now has new owners and is a private residence. It used to be the kind of house kids were scared of and was the subject of imaginative, gruesome, made up stories. It was completely covered in some kind of clinging vine type plant, neglected, and just downright scary! When the very old fellow that lived there passed away, a young couple bought it, and really polished it up. I went thru it several years ago during a B&B tour the Soroptomists or somebody had, and it is a beautiful, grand old home.

This is the old Catholic Convent. It has been a private residence for a long time. A girl I went to grade school with lived here and I was invited to her birthday party one year. They had 5 kids in their family. Even tho they did a lot of updating in the house, they left the bathroom the same way as when the nuns lived there, with multiple toilets in stalls, like a big Walmart bathroom! Being a kid, I thought that was a pretty neat set-up! I don't know if they kept it that way or not after all their kids moved out.

I used to babysit in this house a lot. Even as a kid I could really appreciate the beauty of this home. It had a ton of architectural detail inside: wide oak woodwork that had never been painted, a warming fireplace in the entryway, huge pocket doors between the formal dining room and parlor, the original wallpaper that had been hung when the house was built and it was still pristine, phenomenal light fixtures with blown glass globes that if ever broken I don't know how one would replace them. It was truly awesome. That family doesn't live there anymore. I hope the people that live there now kept the integrity of the home intact.

This home had fallen in terrible disrepair, and some lady moved here several years ago, bought it in it's sorry condition, and restored it to it's former glory. That makes me so happy to see an old house restored and loved again.

I hope someone does that with this old place. It was the first hospital in this town and has been a lot of different things over the years. It is currently on the market for $175,000.00. It is huge, right next to downtown, and will take globs of money to fix up.

Some people are willing to take on that kind of monumental task, tho. A few years ago someone bought this old school here in town that had been boarded up for decades. They have steadily been making improvements and it is looking pretty impressive compared to what they purchased. It is somewhat of a mystery as to what it is going to eventually be – I don't know anybody that has the story, which is odd, cuz folks in this little town like to speculate ๐Ÿ™‚

This is turning into a mighty long post, so I'll shut it down for now. I'll do a post someday of the pretty churches we have around here, and also the train depot is pretty worthwhile to look at – they had some really skilled craftsmen and builders back in the day.