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Sleep Interrupted

On The Fringe Of Disaster

 
 
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By Martin Schrattenholzer, August 27, 2017
1. Sleep Interrupted Marker
Inscription. August 17, 1959: performer Bobbi Baker was on her way to a gig in Billings, Montana when she stopped at the Hilgard Lodge for the night. Just as she settled into bed, she heard a “huge rush of wind” and the cabin began to shake violently. After one hellish minute, the tremors subsided and Baker ran outside.

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

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By Martin Schrattenholzer, August 27, 2017
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Wide view of Cabin in Water
had damaged them beyond repair and they were abandoned. Since the quake, they have been making their slow descent to the earth and the water, mute reminders of that frightening night.

[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.

Broken Lifelines

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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By Martin Schrattenholzer, August 27, 2017
3. Sleep Interrupted Marker
Close-up of the cabin in the water
(approx. ¼ mile away); A Leap Just in Time (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Night the Earth Cracked (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Night’s Peace Was Shattered (approx. 7.4 miles away); Earthquake Lake Geologic Area (approx. 7.4 miles away); Geologists' Dream (approx. 7.4 miles away); Hebgen Lake and Quake Lake (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Yellowstone.
 
Categories. Disasters
 
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By Martin Schrattenholzer, August 27, 2017
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Outhouse and Cabin on Land
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The Remains of the Cabin on Land
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Cabin in the water
 
 
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 69 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.
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