Places I need to see: Quake Lake

This re-blog is inspired by a place I have never previously heard of, courtesy of wewillfigureitoutblog.

The place? Quake Lake, southwest Montana.

What is so interesting? It is a lake that formed in 1959 after an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale caused an 80-million ton landslide, forming a dam on the nearby river. Sadly, 28 people died as a result of the event.

I have a fascination with events that completely change a place. Whether it is a town that is now abandoned due to radiation leaks or a campsite that is now a lake, knowing what it used to be and looking at how different it is today can be very eerie. Dead trees can be seen emerging from Quake Lake in the post below, an indication of how quickly landscapes can change on such a scale.

Thank you for bringing this place to my attention.

After grabbing dinner at the Old Town Café in West Yellowstone, we gassed up the “Escape Mobile” and headed north to connect with U.S. 287 — a highway we had traveled countless times across north Texas, but never across Montana. Hands down, the Montana portion is more interesting and beautifulwhile traversing the east bank of […]

via Drive Between Yellowstone & Mount Rainier National Parks ~ August 17-19, 2014 — wewillfigureitoutblog