Day 103

And some other stuff

July 7th, 2010


  1. Glenda says:

    Orville’s been busy. He likes to build these replica’s

  2. What’s the story with these and why? Is this just on some guys property somewhere? Please fill us in on this Glenda.

  3. Glenda says:

    This is the county museum you see up front, and many fossils of dinosaurs have been found in the surrounding counties, Orville (Grampa to many community youngters) – enjoys creating these creatures as it keeps him active.

    In the back of the picture is the County Maintence yards – so you see various old equipment (sorry McCone County ain’t rich enough to have the fancy new stuff), as well as the County Fair Grounds – this is Rural MT, population less than 500, I bet the grade school, middle school and high school has maybe 100 kids – that come from all over the county.

    • MN Roxanne says:

      I wish Orville lived closer to me- I’d hire him to make some replicas for my nephews- they are crazy about dinosaurs!! He does a great job and it keeps him busy! Nothing wrong with small town America…. don’t apologize about not being fancy… it’s your home and so perfect as it is!

      • Jim in AR via MN says:

        Glenda…Great description of the area and people around the picture…all across the country are communities just like this…the UP of Michigan…Wisconsin…MN…right here in AR..and all across the country…many small population areas just can’t keep up with High Taxed and affluent areas of the country…and many people think all the country should and can be like them…but they can’t…

        But it doesn’t mean there aren’t great people living there…and with the financial problems in larger communities…they also will have to get along on less…great picture, great lesson…as usual…

        • Karen Too says:

          Thanks to Glenda for the information. It’s a treat to have someone fill in more of the local color for us here on blog. Agreed with what others say about small towns, perspective, etc.

    • Donna in MI says:

      Looks like some old farm equipment there also. I see what looks like an old harvester in the background. This land was covered by an inland sea back in the time of the dinosaurs. I’m sure the climate was quite different then. This outdoor museum depicts the history of the county showing the dinosaurs, Native Indians that roamed the land and the old farm/county machinery.

  4. Jeff says:

    Glenda – thanks for details. Always nice to hear for perspective. It is appreciated by ALL i would say.

    A jurrasic park if ever I have seen one….”spare no expense”! Awesome. If I had sons I would love this in my yard. Alas..Barbies and dolls it shall be. So long dinosaurs

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      Jeff – some of us females go (or went) through the tom-boy stage and some in that stage appreciate (appreciated and still do appreciate) dinosaurs!

      • Jeff says:

        Trust me on this one…my girls are far from tomboys. So much that they dress the cats up in baby clothes. My eldest does like Dino’s … but not to this extent.

        • Candice In Alabama says:

          My Mother always tried to make me a girly girl – but it just wouldn’t stick! :)

          • Karen Too says:

            I’m with you, Candace. I love dinosaurs, I was a tomboy growing up, and so on.

            Plus, one can be a so-called unconventional gal, and still be feminine.

            Orville is a talented guy, and I bet the kids love playing around his sculptures.

            • Candice In Alabama says:

              and some adults too – those wearing those “I don’t wanna grow up” beanies! :)

              • Jeff says:

                Hay – I am of the won’t grow up crowd too. Got to be. Thanks for the comments Goils. Maybe one of them will hatch into tomboy who knows….we went to a carnival tonight…came home .. and no Matt.
                Stay well…until we see some more pictures..I will be looking for messages.

                Candice…it is almost bedtime…take a sleeping pill and tomorrow morning there might be posts, No fading away over night…Matt will return…unless some bear had him for dinner tonight. But know this…Matt has the yellow plunger handle. (as I wrote that my daughter just tripped over a plunger in our bathroom)…
                nothing will survive a beaten with that.

  5. Saun in Ohio says:

    Glenda, thanks for the info. :)

  6. Ry Co 40 says:

    my first thought when seeing those pics… the is the most charming memorial i’ve seen! love it! and glenda, thanks for the info. orville is doing a great job!!!

  7. Jennifer in KY says:

    Kudos to Orville, and thanks to Glenda for the great info. From Matt’s pics, Montana looks like a great place to live!

  8. Candice in Alabama says:

    That T-Rex better leave that Stegosaurus alone!

  9. Cirestan says:

    My first thought was I’m glad the Americans won the war against the dinosaurs.

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  12. Dennis in So Cal says:

    Hats off to Orville for putting smiles on the faces of children in McCone County!…and us virtual walkers too! Thanks for the background info Glenda. It is awesome to have someone with “boots on the ground” to give us the inside scoop. Coming from a land of high taxes and the affluent…or at least use to be…I appreciate the simplicity in the rural life shown in Matt’s photos. As I approach retirement it opens my eyes to some of the possibilities.

  13. Don in Tennessee says:



    Did you get to see Fred, Wilma and Pebbles Flintstone?

  14. Don in Tennessee says:

    Maybe this is where all of the SINCLAIR DINOSAURS retired to when the company went out of business. At least they have room to roam on the range.

  15. Lori says:

    Dino Factoid: While riding our motorcycle on this same hwy. a few years ago, we came across this fact on a historical marker — over half of all complete T Rex fossils EVER found in the world have been found in Eastern Montana. WOW!

  16. Janine says:

    Grandpa’s pretty talented! Too bad our Matt didn’t get to met him.

  17. carol says:

    I want to come and play with the dinos !!!

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