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« on: January 15, 2004, 08:05:20 AM »

Cigar Joe, this was in the Tribune today.  Thought it would bring back fond memories:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0401150402jan15,1,2528267.story?coll=chi-printnews-hed

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0401150403jan15,1,2921484.story?coll=chi-printnews-hed

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And what if your hand should shake a little?  And that Gringo so fast on the draw.
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2004, 06:54:00 AM »

Ah Yes, The Big Hole Valley, I used to go Wise River every May and hang out with the Decker Bros. at the Complete Angler just up the road. We used to float down the Big Hole and fly fish for brown trout and grayling. I actually had some beers in that bar in Dewey. This was near the take out and where we ended our float trips.

We'd come over from Libby in the Northwest corner of the state.

This was the route, drive US 2 through Happys Inn to Kallispel fill up the tank at Ole's Conoco get the fee coffee, then head to Big Fork on Flathead Lake. There we took the road (MT 83) south that ran along the Swan River with the Swan Range (western side of the Bob Marshal Wilderness) on one side and the Mission Mountians on the other. This was 80 miles of shaded deep forest and lakes with no towns to speak of just a bar/gas station combo pit stop or two along the way. You'd have to watch for Deer, Moose and Grizzly Bears crossing the road.

One of the lakes is called Shay Lake for the time a logging train broke though the ice, they had laid the tracks over the middle of the lake The train and its Shay Locomotive is still there deep under the water.

 This road was winding and for the most part snowpacked even in May but it spilled you out at Clearwater Junction on the Big Blackfoot River. This was sunny wide open high plains now the rest of the way. Clearwater Junction had a bar, where you culd stop and take a leak. From Clearwater it was MT 200 towards the town of Linclon (near Ted Kosinsky's old hang out).

Just before we'd get to Linclon we'd hit a cutoff road (right after the town of Ovando) another 50 or so miles to Avon and then Garrison Junction, here was where the old Norther Pacific spur line headed over the Continental Divide to Helena and the main line to Butte. At Garrison Junction we hit I-90 and took it to Butte then we switched to I-15 and went across the Anaconda-Pintlar at Deer Lodge Pass and dropped down to the Big Hole River at Divide, Dewey was just about 6 miles up river.  This whole trip was about 400 miles and we could do it in 5hrs. There was no daytime speed limit  Cool.

I got another bar shooting story this one happened up in Fortine Mt. just south of Eureka (which used to be called "The Tabacco Plains". There was a bar in Fortine the owner/bartender was deaf so he wore two hearing aids. One night at closing time he shoos everyone out but fails to see a drunk passed out under a booth. The place had been broken into a few time so he had installed microphones about the bar so that when he was at his nearby house with the volume turned up very high he could monitor the place when he slept without the aid of his heraing aids.

Well the drunk awoke in the early morning and started making noise this woke up the owner, he grabs his shotgun and bolts out to the bar, His wife meanwhile calls the sherrif.

The owner goes around the back of the bar, meanwhile the sheriff drives up siren blaring lights blinking, but since the owner doesn't have his aides in and is behind the bar, he doesn't see or hear the sherrif's car. Any way they both come around the same corner face to face, guns blaze. Bar owner is shot dead, sheriff winged with a load of birdshot, and drunk found happily sitting on a bar stool pouring his own drinks.

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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2004, 02:17:16 PM »

a sheriff with a pistol will always beat a deaf man with a shotgun

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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2004, 04:41:31 PM »

lol.

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