Day 104

I saw quite a few of these today

July 8th, 2010

But I have no idea what they are.


  1. Mike in Phoenix, AZ says:

    A novices thought would be a forerunner of the more modern electrical transmission towers as seen in the background.

    • Glenda says:

      these are sign posts (speed limits signs ext.) you see them alot when road constrution is taking place – they are temporay supposably – but often times the sign board is all that is removed.

  2. Monica says:

    It looks like it one might have held a billboard sign…just a guess.

  3. Are the train tracks near this? I agree with Mike, my first thought on this was electrical lines of days gone by. And the billboard thing, it’s out in the middle of no where, what or who are they advertising to? The animals that he can’t hunt that he can’t see maybe? Funny looking thing though. Glenda or Chaser1 would know I bet. Info please?

    • Glenda says:

      Actually the old train tracks end in Circle, they have been removed between Circle and Brockway – wish he’d gotten a picture of the electric poles with thier own mounds (they look really out of place)

  4. Lori says:

    Maybe for temporary winter signage re: snow drifts or plows? Hard to believe in July, but it’s nasty & snowy out here in the winter.

    • Tom from Montana says:

      Lori is correct. Winter road closures, icy roads and alike.

      • Jeff says:

        no way….good one Lori…..!! Awesome observation. Thanks Tom. May I say you have a wonderful State. I’ll trade you a Jersey Tomatoe for the Montana Big Sky???

      • CHUCK U. FARLEY says:

        Thanks Tom, You live in an awesome state…I appreciate the locals’ knowledge much more than all those other goof balls opinions…

      • Glenda says:

        Guess I’ve never seen them used for that – as when roads are closed most people can’t get that far to seem them, or at least if the weather was that bad we couldn’t

  5. Karen Too says:

    Maybe for old telegraph wires?

  6. katzien in austin says:

    Maybe they are old mail bag holders for when the pony express riders would trot by and grab the mail?

  7. Scott says:

    The way the metal is bent on the ends looks like it was intended to hold something that’s flat, like a sign. Most likely heavy plywood or similar. The holes would be used to bolt the [sign or whatever] in. Doesn’t look like it’s built for wires to me.

  8. Don in Tennessee says:

    I think these are the mounting brackets for the STIMULAS MONEY WORK PROJECT SIGNS Montana is expecting from our bankrupt government!

  9. Karen in Oregon says:

    I like Don’s thoughts… but another thought is in the states I have seen with the temporary signs, they are hinged to fold and lock down… why would they waste space and man power to put them up and take them down every year.

    I think it’s just an old sign that someone took down… nothing more nothing less. Of course I don’t live in that state, never been so I may be just blowing out my a$$.

    • Don in Tennessee says:

      Karen in Oregon-

      I like your sense of humor-My thought was being sarcastic at best. I can’t beleive that the government spends millions of tax dollars to put up signs about projects that supposedly stimulate the economy.

      We have no jobs-all of the factories are China where child labor is encouraged and the products are inferior. We have a car company GM-Government Motors owned by the government.

      Did not mean to go here but when your 60 and been unemployed for 11 plus months it gets difficult-

      Thanks to my understanding wife and Matt this too shall pass!

      OH- and I love meeting new people from around the country on this trek with Matt!

      Peace & Love


      All we have in this couintry are government workers and tattoo parlors! I do not like either-but I am staying in this beautiful country and hope Matt gets to RockAway Beach, OR safely.

      • Sorry to hear your frustrations Don, as we are all going through something. But please try to keep it light. This is what helps some of us “take a break away” from all the other crap going on around us. thanks.

      • Marshall in RVA says:

        Don, Please save your political rants for the proper forum, They don’t belong on this site.

  10. Barbara Kiviat says:

    Retired awesome mailboxes?

  11. Candice in Alabama says:

    Looks like a sign post of some kind (to me).

  12. Bobby says:

    I like the “Pony Express” idea, back in them ther days, how the west was won…thanks for the picture Matt. peace

  13. Lori says:

    I live about 60 miles from Montana in N. Idaho. Know all about ‘snow signs’ here, too, but we usually have the fold-down variety. I think the Pony Express explanation is MUCH more colorful, though… let’s go with that! ;-}

    We are riding the Harley in/around W. Montana & Glacier park about a week from now, and will be on or very near some of Matt’s planned route in W. MT after Great Falls. WISH we could catch up w/ him, but timing will be just a little off. He won’t be quite that far when we’re in MT.

    HOWEVER, he will be walkin’ through my neck of the woods shortly after & will see if I can find him to offer some sustinance! KEEP ON TRUCKIN’ MATT!!

    • MN Roxanne says:

      Awesome Lori… keep an eye out for Matt and offer support!! Love to hear folks in the area are aware he’s there or coming by soon…. have a great time on the Harley- sounds like a blast !

  14. carolyn says:

    Maybe this was the first sign of cell towers??? At least they still work and Matt was able to upload his photos.

  15. Angelica says:

    oh…it’s just another one of THOSE.

  16. Jon says:

    The is where the locals hang their rummage sale signs! :)

  17. Jim in Oregon says:

    It looks like a target frame to me. Here in Oregon, the DMV hangs them where boyz like to shoot holes in signs as they whiz by. It’s kinda like jousting. The DMV hopes folks will use their target signs instead of the expensive reflective ones.

  18. Ancient railroad signs or maybe winter weather hazard signs, we roll up our roads most summers but some of those byways are the only way to towns. sometimes they haul out lights (on a generator) and post them on either side of a temporary sign that says road closed due to weather or whatever..Just a thought.

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