Thursday, October 8, 2009

Outlook ...

Outlook, Montana is a quiet little place, even by northeastern Montana standards ... only a handful of people, no business district left, the school closed. I was up there back in the early 1990s, and took this photo of the old Soo Line railroad depot there, the tracks looking west towards the forgotten towns of Daleview and Whitetail.

But the depot is gone now, too, destroyed in a 1999 fire that devastated what little remained of the town. Soon the prairie will be all that remains ...


  1. I love this photo! The grain elevator in the distance, the wooden walkway. It's interesting, isn't it, how the prairie reclaims her own...
    The prairie and the ocean are so alike, in my mind. (Except the ocean has gotten better press...)

  2. Thank you! That was one of my favorite shots, as well ... and it broke my heart when I heard the the old depot had burned.

    It's pretty humbling, really, to realize how small and brief an impact man has made on much of Montana ... especially the prairies. In the greater scheme of nature, we're really pretty insignificant, and I suppose that's all for the best.