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Local Gov Adventures: Say Hello to L.O

Posted on August 30, 2014


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One final stop……City of Lake Oswego City Hall. Trip recap: 15 city hall selfies; 2,418 miles driven; bison, too many to count.

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We made it to Hood River! And it’s all good in the Hood.

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Rolling through Pendleton. We stopped in at the fire station to visit with Firefighter Daryl Sams. Daryl gave us a great tour of the station and told us about the town. They are gearing up for next week’s Pendleton Roundup. IMG_1825 IMG_1826 We did a quick stop at City Hall and now we are hitting the road, homeward bound! IMG_1827 Westward ho! We have arrived in Oregon and the historic city of Baker City. What a beautiful city hall! IMG_1821 IMG_1822 We stopped by the small town of Victor, ID where we learned that it was named after a postman who would walk and deliver mail through the valley. After seeing the landscape we really appreciated this public servant’s commitment! IMG_1811 Hello city slickers! We have cell phone service once again. We’re in Jackson, Wyoming for a few nights. More adventures and photos to come! IMG_1810 Wrangler butts drive me nuts! Enjoying our time in the beautiful town of Jackson. IMG_1809 WE MADE IT! We have arrived at Yellowstone National Park which unfortunately is void of any municipal buildings. Below are a few of the residents we’ve met at Yellowstone. 1 2 3 Woke up in Butte, Montana with partly sunny skies which hopefully marks the end of the rain that is following us. Great start to the day – we met Chief Miller, Butte-Silver Bow (MT) Fire Department who filled us in on Butte and was an excellent representative from the city. The city and county consolidated governments in 1977. Pictured below is the administration building. IMG_4393

And for all those public works’ fans, here is the Butte-Silver Bow Public Works building.

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Yesterday we spent time exploring Nevada City and Virginia City. Character actors exposing us to the women’s suffrage movement greeted us in Nevada City. (At least, we hope they were character actors.)

IMG_4384 IMG_4386 Dillon, Montana: We’ve landed in Dillon which appears to be the home of Apple bottom jeans and boots with spurs. Officially, Dillon is  the home of University of Montana Western. IMG_5224 Philipsburg, Montana (population: 844) is 19th century mining town that still proves to be a gem for visitors. The town was named after the famous mining engineer Philip Deidesheimer, who designed and supervised the construction of the ore smelter around which the town originally formed. IMG_4297 IMG_2345 We’ve made it to Missoula, Montana and we’re enjoying the 75 mph speed limit. We stopped long enough to visit the top tourist attraction for most Americans — the Missoula City Hall. The city is also home to both Montana’s largest and its oldest active breweries as well as the Montana Grizzlies. IMG_4334 Welcome to Wallace, Idaho – the Center of the Universe! Wallace is a historic city in the Panhandle region of the U.S. state of Idaho and the county seat of Shoshone County in the Silver Valley mining district. On September 25, 2004, Mayor Ron Garitone proclaimed Wallace to be the center of the Universe. Specifically, a sewer access cover was declared to be the precise location of the center of the Universe. A specially made manhole cover was made to mark the spot. It bears the words “Center of the Universe. Wallace, Idaho.”  IMG_4305   No vacation is complete without a trip to the firehouse, especially a visit to Shoshone County Fire District 2. Love the Idaho hospitality! IMG_4299.JPG We’ve made it to Idaho! City halls and selfies go together like peanut butter and jelly. Here’s the view from Coeur d’Alene City Hall – who needs Disneyland when you have a view like this. A couple of local government related articles from Coeur d’Alene to keep you occupied until the next stop: Mayor explains carry-overs in city budget and Widmyer: Meetings will be public unnamed   It’s no surprise that Day One of Morris Family (Local Gov) Adventures takes us to both a City Hall and a Fire Station.  They’re in Ritzville, WA today.  Julie writes:

“Our first pit stop. Got in at midnight.  We woke up to this sleepy little town that started out as a railroad town in 1880. It then grew into one of the largest wheat shipping points in the world in 1901.”

Have you ever been to Ritzville? AND taken selfies in front of municipal buildings? Tweet at us if you have! #MorrisLocalGov 1 IMG_9890 IMG_4281

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