On The Fringe Of Disaster
For the next six hours, she remembered only a few mental images: holding a crying child, feeling the ground buck with aftershocks, and falling exhausted back into bed. At six the next morning, jolted awake by a big aftershock, she groggily packed her bags. “I have to do a show tonight” she thought, as she raced away. Thirteen hours later, she arrived in Billings, exhausted, with a dislocated shoulder, a black eye and a bruised face. It was not until much later that she learned the magnitude of the disaster she had witnessed.
[caption 1] At the time of the quake. Bobbi Baker was touring as a popular comedian and singer.
This is were the Musician stopped for the Night
When the earthquake struck, this was the site of the Hilgard Lodge. Bobbi Baker was staying in one of two cabins tucked close to the lakeshore. One of the cabins still stands...but barely. Photos from the days after the quake show them remarkably intact, though tilted and cracked.
But earthquake-generated waves
[caption 2] The quake made headlines across the country. One article tells the story of a family, fleeing toward West Yellowstone on Route 191, hurdled over a six-foot fault scarp and crashed. Fortunately, they escaped with minor injuries. Some of the highway cracks were 20 feet deep.
Bobbi Baker was lucky - she drove east and escaped from the disaster. Others were not so fortunate. In many places along Hebgen Lake and the Madison River, Highway 287 was severely damaged, with rifts across the road and huge cracks in the pavement. A landslide just west of Hilgard Lodge had cast a large section of Highway 287 into the lake, trapping everyone to the west of it.
Location. 44° 51.179′ N, 111° 19.38′ W. Marker is in West Yellowstone, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 287 12 miles west of Gallatin Road (U.S. 191). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Yellowstone MT 59758, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Lake that Tilted (approx. ¼ mile away); Something is terribly wrong
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2018, by Martin Schrattenholzer of Renton, Washington. This page has been viewed 79 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 11, 2018, by Martin Schrattenholzer of Renton, Washington. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.