Mary Jo Brown: Trips bring back memories of Dillon

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Mary Jo Brown

While looking through things in my living room, I came across a small photo album that I had forgotten I had. Curiosity, one of the things that sometimes gets me into trouble, kicked in and I thought I would take the time to see what was in the album.

To my delight, I found pictures of a trip my granddaughter Haley, daughter Jane and I had taken to Montana and Yellowstone National Park.

I was brought up around the original Dillon. We lived in a small mining/sawmill town called Tiger, a ghost town near what now is known as Tiger Run. I say original because what most people know as Dillon today is not the original town. The Dillon Inn and the “Mint” are the only buildings that are from the town that now is underwater, covered by Dillon Reservoir.

It was my curiosity again that initiated the trip because I wanted to see how the two Dillons were the same or different. On the way there, we went through Twin Falls, Idaho. What a beautiful place. The Grand Tetons were awe-inspiring, and it made me feel blessed to live in such a beautiful country.

My decision was that Dillon was more up to date and had more amenities, but then again, it still was being lived in. Dillon, Mont. was more of a historic site, with original boardwalks, stores, houses and a great old saloon. All this had been preserved in its original state as much as possible. You could feel the history and imagine how it must have been back in its heyday. I think they would have been about the same if time would have stood still in Colorado as it had in Montana.

After our tour in Dillon, we ventured on to Virginia City, where we took a ride on a stagecoach. Lunch was in a restaurant where the tables were made from car steering wheels that were mounted to the floor and had glass tops, the booth seats being the backseats of old cars. It was quite interesting, and the trip through Yellowstone National park on the way home topped everything off.

It is great to have actual photos to look at and reminisce over. I know that there are modern ways to keep your photos together — put them on discs, computers and such — but I still enjoy flipping through the pages of my photo albums and talking about who, what and when with my family.

Birthday wishes go out to all those enjoying a birthday this week and get well to Dolores St.Louis, Tony Balleck and Iris Balleck.

Family events, community events, birthday wishes, anniversaries or any news you wish to share always is welcome. Feel free to call me at 970-824-2139.

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