Med DIS-Norge til USA 23.9 - 8.10. 2015

tilbake til 1. side

Illinois, Chicago

Wisconsin: Madison - La Crosse - Norskedalen - Westby - Amish-land (Cashton)

Minnesota: Minneapolis og St. Paul - Northfield (St.Olavs Collage) Sunburg - Moorhead - Mankato

North Dakota: Fargo - Minot (Scandinavian Heritage Park og Norsk Høstfest) - Jamestown -Theodor Roosevelt National Park - Medora

Montana: Little Big Horne, Columbus (Beartooth Museum), Big Timber (Crazy Mountain Museum), Melville

Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park

Idaho: Idaho Falls

Utah: Salt Lake City

Onsdag 23. september 2015


Avreise  Gardermoen  kl. 14.00  SK 486

Ankomst  Arlanda  kl. 14.55

Avreise  Arlanda  kl. 16.35  SK 945

Ankomst  Chicago  kl. 18.35

Her venter buss og guide som tar oss til vårt
hotell i Chicago


Hotellet ligger veldig sentralt midt i byen.

Hotell (2 netter): La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago
Downtown, 1 South Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60606.

I denne gata bodde vi.
Første middag i USA på denne
turen. Restauranten er
Giordanos Jackson. Kjempeporsjoner.
Pizza til en person hadde
holdt til 4 personer. God mat.

Reisa gikk fint. Etter innsjekking på hotellet gikk vi ut for å spise selv om
klokka hjemme var ca 4 om natta. (9 om kvelden i Chicago)

Torsdag 24. september 2015

CHICAGO Illinois.
Dagen byr blant annet på sightseeing i denne byen som ligger
vakkert til langs Michigan-sjøen. Her fant mange nordmenn
sitt hjem fra 1836 og utover, og rundt 1850 var nordmenn faktisk
den tredje største innvandrergruppa i Chicago etter tyskerne og irene.

Etter lunsj kan de som ønsker det bli med til Willis Tower
(tidligere Sears Tower) med panorama-utsikt over byen.
Willis Tower er med sine 443 m (110 etasjer) den høyeste
bygningen på den vestlige halvkule. Utsikten oppleves fra
103. etasje der de modigste kan gå ut på en glasshylle for
en enda mer spektakulær opplevelse.

Hotell: Som forrige natt.



You won't need to pay a cent. As an architectural mecca for American architects,
Chicago's skyline is one of the greatest this side of the world. From this angle,
you really see the widest angle of the skyline. On a calm evening, the skyline
reflects magnificently off Lake Michigan. You'll see a handful of tourists, but it's
pretty sparse

Chicago sits on the shores of Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes, which stretches
from western Michigan, 118 miles across, to the shores of Illinois and Wisconsin in the west
and Indiana in the south.  The lake borders the city of Chicago, and within the city limits there
are 26 miles of shoreline, 15 beachfront areas and several marinas housing thousands of
boats. In fact, Chicago operates the nation’s largest municipal harbor system, making it easy
to get out on the water by boat. There’s even an 18-mile park, the Chicago Lakefront Bike
Path where locals and visitors walk, bike and run along the shoreline

Utenfor Adler Planeterium står
de  kinesiske dyretegnene.
Her er Karl Martin ved geita.
: http://rapportchina.blogspot.
og http://www.chinahighlights.

Frank Gehry, winner of the National
Medal of Art and the designer of the

Jay Pritzker Pavilionand
BP Bridge,
applied his signature style to

Millennium Park’
outdoor concert venue.

The animal heads are showcased in front of the Copernicus
statue facing the Adler. They are installed in order according
to the Chinese zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake,
Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Each sculpture is 1
0-feet high and range in weight from 1,500 to 2,100 pounds.

Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park is
a major addition to the city's world-renowned public art collection. 

The fountain consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow
reflecting pool. The towers project video images from a broad social spectrum of Chicago
citizens, a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of
mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of
life, to flow out.

Plensa adapted this practice by having faces of Chicago citizens projected on LED
screens and having water flow through an outlet in the screen to give the illusion of
water spouting from their mouths. The collection of faces, Plensa's tribute to Chicagoans,
was taken from a cross-section of 1,000 residents.

Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor
work installed in the United State

The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly
polished stainless steel plates, which reflect Chicago’s famous skyline
and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a "gate" to the
concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch
its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a
variety of perspective

Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its
kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet hig

Cloud Gate sits upon the AT&T Plaza, which was made possible by a gift from AT&T.

Cloud Gate, også kalt bønna (the bean), sett fra undersiden.

Offering spectacular views spanning up to four states, a one-stop Chicago
experience full of interactive exhibits and…The Ledge, a glass balcony
extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower

Step outside the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. At 1,353 feet
in the air, the Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck
Fra "the Ledge" ser vi rett ned
på gata mer enn 412 meter
under oss.

Litt av Nidarosdomen i veggen til
Chicago Tribune.

Like etter at skyskraperen stod ferdig i 1925 flyttet «Chicago
Daily Tribune» inn, og avisens grunnlegger, Robert McCormick,
tok et valg som senere skulle bringe enda mer berømmelse til
«The Tribune Tower».
  McCormicks omfattende steinsamling
ble murt inn i ytterveggene. Og McCormick ga sine journalister
streng beskjed om å bidra med steiner fra sine reportasjeturer.


The Chicago River is a system of rivers and canals with a combined length of
156 miles (251 km) that runs through the city of Chicago, including its center
(the Chicago Loop). Though not especially long, the river is notable for being a
reason why Chicago became an important location, with the related Chicago
 being a link between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi Valley
waterways and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.

The River is also noteworthy for its natural and man-made history. In 1887,
the Illinois General Assembly, partly in response to concerns arising out of an
extreme weather event in 1885 that threatened the city's water supply,
decided to reverse the flow of the Chicago River through civil engineering by
taking water from Lake Michigan and discharging it into the Mississippi River
På Noorwood Crossing spiste vi middag og møtte
representanter fra forskjellige norsk-amerikanske foreninger

Noorwood Crossing

We are a non-profit (501c3) senior living 
community located in Chicago's Norwood Park 
neighborhood. Our residential campus specializes inassisted living,
skilled nursing, rehab, 
respite stays
, and 
memory support

(including Alzheimer's and dementia care). For over 100 years,
we have been dedicated to
enhancing the independenc
and well-being of older adults. 

Fredag 25. september 2015

CHICAGO Illinois - MADISON Wisconsin – LA CROSSE Wisconsin.

Vi kjører til Madison, hovedstad i Wisconsin.
Etter lunsj blir det besøk på Norwegian American Genealogical
Center - Naeseth Library.
Det over 40 år gamle senteret er anerkjent både for sin store
samling av historiske data og som formidler av kunnskap om norsk
innvandring til USA

Hotell: Best Western Riverfront Hotel, 1835 Rose Street, La Crosse,
WI 54603

Bilder fra rommet vårt i 7. etasje på
La Quinta inn and
Suites Chicago Downtown


Interstate 90 mellom Chicago, Illinois og Madison, Wisconsin.
Bildet er tatt ved rasteplassen ved the Belvidere Oasis.

Capitolbygningen i Madison.
Det pågår en liten demonstrasjon mot presidenkandidat Walker.

The Wisconsin State Capitol, in Madison, Wisconsin, houses
both chambers o
f the Wisconsin legislature along with the
Wisconsin Supreme Court and the
Office of the Governor.
Completed in 191
7, the building is the fifth to serve as the
Wisconsin capitol sinc
e the first 
territorial legislature
convened during 1836 and the third building sinc
Wisconsin was granted statehood during 184

The streets surrounding the building form the Capitol
Square which is home to many restaurants and shop

The Wisconsin State Capitol is the tallest building in Madiso
a distinction that has been preserved by city legislation against buildings
taller than the columns surrounding the dom
e (187 feet).
The Capitol is located at the southwestern end of the 
Madison Isthmus.

Fin utsikt fra Capitolbygningen.
Rundt Madison ligger sjøene Lake Mendota, Lake Monona,
Lake Waubesa og noen mindre vann. Fra Capitol ser vi til
både Mendota og Monona

Kjekt med sykkelstativ
foran på bussene.

On October 17, 1926, before a crowd of more than one thousand,
a statue of Hans Christian Heg was unveiled at the King Street
corner of the Capitol Square. Commemorating the most noted
Norwegian-American to serve in the Civil War, the statue bears
the following inscription:
Hans Christian Heg
Colonel 15th Wisconsin Volunteers
Born in Norway  
December 21, 1829
Fell at Chickamauga
September 19, 1863
Norwegian-Americans gave this memorial
To the state of Wisconsin.'s%20Past/connectingwithourpast/hegstatue.html
(Hegg ble født i Lier, Buskerud. Det står en statue av han der også)
Bær fotografert på en
rasteplass mellom
Madison og La Crosse.

Godt med en kopp kaffe.

Flott solnedgang i La Crosse.
Elva er Black River, en del av

The Black River is a river in west-central Wisconsin and tributary of
Mississippi River
. The river is approximately 190 miles (310 km)
During the 19th century, pine logs were rafted down the Black, h
eading for sawmills at 
La Crosse
 and points beyond.


La Crosse is a city in the US State of Wisconsin and the county seat of La Crosse
. Lying alongside the Mississippi River, La Crosse is the largest city on
Wisconsin's western border.  The estimated population in 2014 was 52,440

Lørdag 26. september 2015

LA CROSSE Wisconsin – VESTBY Wisconsin - MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota.

Vi besøker den lille byen Westby og Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center.
Like i nærheten er det en stor Amish bosetting og vi tar en liten runde
med lokal guide i dette området.

Hotellet i Bloomington ved Minneapolis er nærmeste nabo til
Mall of America, et kjempestort kjøpesenter.

Hotell (2 netter): Country Inn & Suites by Carlson,
2221 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington, MN 55425.

Thrune Visitors Center, Norskedalen
Driving into Norskedalen, the entrance road leads you to the Thrune
Visitors' Center. The Center was built in 1983 thanks to a generous gift
made by Mrs. Ethel Thrune of Midland, Michigan, in memory of her
husband Richard, who grew up in Coon Valley.
An addition to the center - the Paul E. Stry Wing - was added in 1991.
Construction of the wing was funded by the Paul E. Stry Foundation.

Fra utstillingen i Norskedalen


Norskedalen (which means the Norwegian Valley), is a nature

and heritage center dedicated to preserving, interpreting and

sharing the natural environment and cultural heritage of the

area surrounding Coon Valley in southwest Wisconsin.

Norskedalen has so much to offer in so many different ways,

exploring the natural beauty, regional history and traditional

Norwegian heritage of the region.
Hus på utendørsutstillingen

The Bekkum Homestead seeks to re-create a typical
farm at the turn of the century. The first buildings were moved
to the site beginning the summer of 1982 from neighboring
farms. Nearly all of the artifacts were donated by local families
with major financial support provided by Owen and Dorothy
Bekkum. The homestead is comprised of a house, summer
kitchen, springhouse, corncrib, granary, outhouse, chicken
coop, machine shed, stable, barn, blacksmith's shop,
and storage shed.

Fra Bekkum-gården
Slipestein på Bekkum-gården

Noen av uthusene på Bekkum-gården


TobakkI slutten av september begynner modningen.
Dette kjennetegnes på at bladenes underside blir gulaktige,
mens ribbene blir hvitaktige, slappe og pergamentaktige å føle på.
Innhøstingen skjer på en dag med klart og tørt vær.
Bladene sorteres i tre kvaliteter. De nederste bladene har dårligst
kvalitet, de øverste er de mest verdifulle.

Fint nummerskilt
Coon Valley Lutheran Church.
Over inngangen står det: Norwegian
Ev.Luth.n Church.
Ved kirken ligger en kirkegård hvor
mange med norske navn er begravet.

Find a grave   

Dregnes Gifts, Westby
Karl Martin handler hos Dregne
Hovedgata i Westby

Visit Dregne's Scandinavian
Gifts in Westby for Norway's
most treasured and unique
Scandanavian gifts in one
location. From art, jewelry
and clothing to food, linens,
books, Christmas items and
more, you won't believe the
variety in our store!
Norwegian immigrants settled in the area in 1848. In 1867,
Ole T. Westby built a general store here. Ole also served the
Union in the Civil War. When the Chicago, Milwaukee and
St. Paul Railroad completed its line from Sparta to Viroqua,
it made Westby a station, and named it after Ole T. Westby.

Amish-land, Cashton, Wisconsin. Down a country Road


Amish-bonde på vei tilbake til gården.
Kjelken står klar for vinteren .....

og vognene venter på hester og folk

The Amish are very devout in their faith. They believe in the literal interpretation
and application of Scripture as the Word of God. They take seriously the Biblical
commands to separate themselves from
the things of the world. They believe 

worldliness can keep them from being close to God, and can introduce influences
that could be destructive to their communities and to their way of life

Vi har kryssa Mississippi og er i Minnesota

The Mississippi River is the chief river of the largest drainage system on the
 continent. Flowing entirely in the United States
(though its 
drainage basin reaches into Canada), it rises in northern
Minnesota and meanders slowly southwards for 2,320
miles (3,730 km)
to the Mississippi River Delta at the Gulf of Mexico.

Søndag 27. september 2015


Gudstjeneste med kirkekaffe i Mindekirken og sightseeing i
tvillingbyene Minneapolis og St. Paul.

Som forrige natt. Country Inn & Suites by Carlson,


Minnesota Vikings supportere på vei til stadioen.

De skulle møte San Diego Chargers (Kampen ble vunnet 31-16)

Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin County, and larger of the

Twin Cities, the 14th-largest metropolitan area in the United States,
containing approximately 3.8 million residents. 
As of 2014,
Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota and
46th-largest in the United States with 407,207 residents.  Minneapolis and
t Paul
 anchor the second-largest
economic center in the Midwest,


It was 1922 when Norwegian
immigrants, wishing to worship
in their own native language founded
Den Norske Lutherske Mindekirke

known by everyone today as

Mindekirken is still a home for Norwegians and all those
interested in experiencing the rich cultural heritage Mindekirken has to offer!   
Visitors from Norway come to Mindekirken for
worship as they do in Norway and a good visit over a strong cup of coffee!

Mindekirken enjoys a rich cultural experience – through
language, music, arts and food.  The church serves as a
link between the Midwest and Norway.   Mindekirken is
honored to have His Majesty King Harald V as our patron.

Den 25. september dro femti spente Rennbygger,
inkludert Rennebu Songkor, avsted på en opplevelsesferie litt
utenom det vanlige. Her er de i Mindekirken.

Etter gudstjenesten ble det servert lunsj i underetasjen.
St Paul katedralen
The Cathedral of Saint Paul
is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota.
t is the Co-Cathedral of the 
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, along
with the
Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. One of the most distinctive
cathedrals in the 
United States
, it sits on Cathedral Hill overlooking downtown
St. Paul and features a distinctive 
copper-clad dome.

Glassmaleri i St. Paul Katedralen
Utsikt over byen St. Paul
fra katedralen.

It is the third largest completed church in th
e United States
, and the fourth tallest.
It is
dedicated to 
Paul the Apostle, who is also the namesake of the City of St. Paul.
The current
building opened in 1915 as the fourth cathedral of the 
archdiocese to
bear this nam
e. On
March 25, 2009, it was designated as the National Shrine
of th
e Apostle Paul by the 
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican

Leiv Erikson utenfor Capitolbygningen i St. Paul
He  was an Icelandic explorer
considered by some as the first European to
land i
North America (excluding Greenland), before Christopher Columbus.
According to the 
Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at
, tentatively identified with the NorseL'Anse aux Meadows on the
northern tip of 
Newfoundland in modern-day Canada

Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is a center for theater performance,
education, and professional training in Minneapolis.


Industrial mills began to appear along the
Mississippi River near 
Saint Anthony Falls
in the early 19th century. Utilizing the natural
water power provided by the falls as well as
cutting edge technological advances – the
area quickly made Minneapolis the milling
center of the upper Midwest.
Within decades, the riverfront was literally
lined with flour mills - including future
corporate giants General Mills and Pillsbury.
At its zenith, Minneapolis’ Mill District was
the largest producer of flour in the world.,_

  Mills district, Minneapolis

Saint Anthony Falls or the Falls of Saint Anthony

Saint Anthony Falls or the Falls of Saint Anthony, located northeast of downtown
, Minnesota, was the only natural major waterfall on the Upper
Mississippi River
. The natural falls were replaced by a concrete
overflow spillway (also called an "apron") after it partially collapsed in 1869.
Later, in the 1950s and 1960s, a series of 
locks and dams was constructed
to extend navigation to points upstream

Claes Oldenburg is best known for his ingenious, oversized renditions of ordinary objects,
like the giant “soft” three-way plug and overturned bag of french fries in the
Walker’s own collection. He and Coosje van Bruggen, his wife and collaborator,
had already created a number of large-scale public sculptures, including the 
Batcolumn in
Chicago, when they were asked to design a fountain-sculpture for the planned Minneapolis
Sculpture Garden.
The spoon had appeared as a motif in a number of Oldenburg’s drawings and plans over
the years, inspired by a novelty item (a spoon resting on a glob of fake chocolate) he had
acquired in 1962.


Since its founding in 1940, the
Walker Art Center has collected
the visual, performing, and
media arts of our time
Mall of America
The Mall of America (MoA) is a
shopping mall owned by the
Triple Five Group and is the
largest mall in the United States

Eventually the utensil emerged—in humorously gigantic scale—as the theme of the Minneapolis
project. Van Bruggen contributed the cherry as a playful reference to the Garden’s formal
which reminded her of Versailles and the exaggerated dining etiquette Louis XIV
imposed there.

She also conceived the pond’s shape in the form of linden seed. (Linden trees are planted along
allées that stretch before the fountain.) The complex fabrication of the 5,800 pound spoon
1,200 pound cherry was carried out at two shipbuilding yards in New England.
The sculpture has become a beloved icon in the Garden, whether glaceed with snow in the
Minnesota winters or gleaming in the warmer months, with water flowing over the
surface of the cherry and a fine mist rising from its stem.
Mandag 28. september 2015

MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota – NORTHFIELD Minnesota – WILLMAR Minnesota.

Vi starter dagen i hovedkvarteret til Sons of Norway før vi reiser videre
til St Olaf College i Northfield sør for Minneapolis. Informasjon om
arkivene til NAHA (Norwegian-American Historical Association)
og rusletur på det vakre området før lunsj i King’s Room.

På vei til Willmar gjør vi et stopp i Mankato og ser minnesmerket
for den store massehengingen av indianere 26.desember 1862.

Hotell: Best Western Plus Willmar, 2100 East Highway 12,
Willmar, MN 56201.

Første stopp var på hovedkontoret
til Sons of Norway

Der fikk vi kaffe, kaker og en orientering om foreningen.

Møterommet hos Sons of Norway, Minneapolis

Til venstre: Johnny fra DIS-Norge
og representanten for
Sons of Norway

Fra Sons of Norway kjørte vi til St. Olafs Collage i Northfield, Minnesota.

St. Olaf, a four-year college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America, provides an education committed to the liberal arts,
rooted in the Christian Gospel, and incorporating a global perspective.
In the conviction that life is more than a livelihood, it focuses on what
is ultimately worthwhile and fosters the development of the whole
person in mind, body, and spirit.

Now in its second century, St. Olaf College remains dedicated to
the high standards set by its Norwegian immigrant founders.


In the spirit of free inquiry and free expression, it offers a distinctive
environment that integrates teaching, scholarship, creative activity,

and opportunities for encounter with the Christian Gospel and
God’s call to faith. The college intends that its graduates combine
academic excellence and theological literacy with a commitment
to lifelong learning.



Chapel at St. Olaf College is a time of inspiration for body, mind and spirit;
a quiet harbor in a busy day; worship.
Students, faculty, and staff witness
to their faith and invite the community to join them. All are welcome
Sykkelstativ på St. Olafs Collage
Hodaka Yoshida, Japan

Her er det spiseplasser for studentene

Vi spiste lunsj på St. Olafs. God mat i King’s Room

Neste stopp på reisen var i Mankato


I Mankato er det en liten park med et minnesmerket
for den store massehengingen av indianere 26.desember 1862.

The Dakota War of 1862, also known as the Sioux Uprising, (and the
Dakota Uprising
, the Sioux Outbreak of 1862, the Dakota Conflict,
the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862 or Little Crow's War) was an armed
conflict between the United States and several bands of Dakota (also
known as the eastern 'Sioux'). It began on August 17, 1862, along the
Minnesota River
 in southwest Minnesota. It ended with a massexecution
of 38 Dakota men on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota.
Throughout the late 1850s, treaty violations by the United States and late
or unfair annuity payments by Indian agents caused increasing hunger
and hardship among the Dakota. Traders with the Dakota previously had
demanded that the government give the annuity payments directly to them
(introducing the possibility of unfair dealing between the agents and the
traders to the exclusion of the Dakota). In mid-1862, the Dakota demanded
the annuities directly from their agent, Thomas J. Galbraith. The traders
refused to provide any more supplies on credit under those conditions, and
negotiations reached an impasse.[3]
On August 17, 1862, one young Dakota with a hunting party of three others
killed five settlers while on a hunting expedition. That night a council of
Dakota decided to attack settlements throughout the Minnesota River
valley to try to drive whites out of the area. There has never been an official
report on the number of settlers killed, although in Abraham Lincoln's
second annual address, he noted that not less than 800 men, women,
and children had died.
Over the next several months, continued battles pitting the Dakota
against settlers and later, the United States Army, ended with the
surrender of most of the Dakota bands.[4] By late December 1862,
soldiers had taken captive more than a thousand Dakota, who were
interned in jails in Minnesota. After trials and sentencing, 38 Dakota
were hanged on December 26, 1862, in the largest one-day execution
in American history. In April 1863, the rest of the Dakota were expelled
from Minnesota to Nebraska and South Dakota. The United States
 abolished their reservations.


In early December, 303 Sioux prisoners were convicted of murder and rape by military tribunals
and sentenced to death. Some trials lasted less than 5 minutes. No one explained the proceedings
to the defendants, nor were the Sioux represented by defense attorneys. Pres. Abraham Lincoln
personally reviewed the trial records to distinguish between those who had engaged in warfare
against the U.S., versus those who had committed crimes of rape and murder against civilians.

Henry Whipple, the Episcopal bishop of Minnesota and a reformer of U.S. policies toward Native
Americans, responded by publishing an open letter. He also went to Washington DC in the Fall of
1862 to urge Lincoln to proceed with leniency.
[21] On the other hand, General Pope and Minnesota
Morton S. Wilkinson warned Lincoln that the white population opposed leniency.
Governor Ramsey warned Lincoln that, unless all 303 Sioux were executed, "Private revenge
would on all this border take the place of official judgment on these Indians."
In the end, L
incoln commuted the death sentences of 264 prisoners, but he allowed the execution of 38 men.

Even partial clemency resulted in protests from Minnesota, which persisted until the Secretary
of the Interior offered white Minnesotans "reasonable compensation for the depredations
committed." Furthermore, Republicans did not fare as well in Minnesota in the 1864 election as
they had before. Ramsey (by then a senator) informed Lincoln that more hangings would
have resulted in a larger electoral majority. The Pre
sident reportedly replied, "I could not
afford to hang men for votes.


One of the 39 condemned prisoners was granted a reprieve. The Army executed the 38
remaining prisoners by hanging on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota.
It remains the largest mass execution in American history.

The mass execution was performed publicly on a single scaffold platform. After regimental
surgeons pronounced the prisoners dead, they were buried
en masse in a trench in the sand
of the riverbank.

Before they were buried, an unknown person nicknamed "Dr. Sheardown" possibly
removed some of the prisoners' skin
Small boxes purportedly containing the skin later
were sold in Mankato.
  At least two Sioux leaders, Little Six and Medicine Bottle,
escaped to Canad
a. They were captured, drugged and returned to the United States.

They were hanged at Fort Snelling in 1865.
  Read more:
Mankato jernbanestasjon
Reading Magic

Julie Jones, Colorado

Reading Magic shows what happens in the mind of a child as he reads.
Our minds paint incredibly vivid pictures of the words we read.
My boys have loved all the creatures of the earth, even those they’ve
never personally seen. Our experiences in New Mexico acquainted us
with horny toads; not a toad at all but an amazing fragile endangered
species. Also included; a turtle, toad, dinosaurs, and a boy’s best buddy;
his dog.

Tirsdag 29. september 2015

WILLMAR Minnesota – FARGO North Dakota.

Gårdsbesøk i Sunburg ved Norway Lake.
Norway Lake-settlementet ble etablert allerede i 1858.
Flere av dagens norsk-amerikanere i dette området arbeider
hardt for å ta vare på arven etter sine forfedre. Lunsj på Brannstasjonen i
Sunburg og møte med flere av dem som gjør en stor frivillig innsats for å
bevare både gamle hus og gammel historie.

Hotell: Holiday Inn Fargo, 3803 13th Avenue South, Fargo, ND 58103
Sunburg is a city in Kandiyohi County,
, United States.
The population was 100 at the 
The community is famo
for its celebration of its
Norwegian-American heritage
The local Sunburg Creamery
Cafe serves Norwegian dishes

Klub and 

Hope Lutheran Church and Sunburg Community Bible Church
are in the city, as well as several smaller Lutheran congregations
within a few miles. Despite its small size, Sunburg has several businesses
including Skindelien hardware, a gas station, N & J's grocery store,
Lake Region bank, Jorgenson's auto dealership, and the aforementioned
Sunburg Creamery cafe. Sunburg also has a baseball team.,_Minnesota

Farmen til Obert og Carol Gjerde.
De driver med kalver og mais.

Bra størrelse på biler og maskiner


Fra Obert og Carol Gjerdes farm kjørte vi til West Lake Church,
med Obert og Carol som guider.

West Lake Church

Kirkegården ved
West Lake Lutheran Church

En tidlig død er tidlig fred
og tidlig del i Salighet

Mais er et ettårig kornslag som blir opptil 6 m høyt (normalt 2–3 meter).
Ulikt de fleste andre arter i grasfamilien setter maisen vanligvis bare en
to stengler. Hannblomstene sitter i toppen av planten, mens
hunnblomstene vokser
fram i bladhjørnene lenger ned på planten.
røene blir dannet i kolbene i det hunnlige organet, og hunnblomstene
blir etter hvert omdannet til maiskolber.

Maisplanter ved West Lake Church

The main NLLHA site, at the same location as the original Old Log Church
(1868) At left, the replica of the Old Log Church, completed 1999. 
The other buikding is a log building given by the Peterson family, now
used as an Interpretive Center.


Inne i den gamle kirken

Ovnen står i bygningen ved siden av kirke.
Bygningen brukes som et lite museum.

Marcias Garden
Information at the
little "prairie":

What you see before
you is a small
example of the
prairie that covered
this land when the pioneers arrived.
They cut thick slabs
of prairie sod to build houses; their
animals grazed on
it; they cut it for
hay;and over the
yaers they plowed
it for their fields.

A native plant garden, a memorial to David and Marsha Hanson. 


This garden is a
small and incomplete sample
of the amazing
diversity of plants
that developed here
in the thousands of
years after the
glaciers receded.
Some of the plants
you see here
includes grasses:
Big bluestem,
wild rye and
Side-Oats grama.

Wild flowers include: Purple prairie clover, White prairie clover, Wild
Bergamot and Black-Eyed Susan.
We will continue to tend the garden by adding plants, removing non-natives
and occasional burns.
Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Assosiation

Tre gamle gravstener
ved den gamle kirken

Norway Lake

Obert Gjerde på jobb

En av sønnene til Obert Gjerde driver med melkeproduksjon.

Så er vi på vei videre mot Fargo. Her ble det en ekstra pause på grunn av
passerende tog.  Det ble talt 78 vogner

Grei transport av bilder. Bildet er tatt på en rasteplass.

Dagens lunsj spiste vi på Sunburg brannstasjon.


Vi kan speile oss i busshjulet.
Onsdag 30. september 2015

FARGO North Dakota – BISMARCK North Dakota

Dagen starter med et besøk på Hjemkomst Center i nabobyen Moorhead.
Hovedattraksjonene her er vikingskipet Hjemkomst som seilte over
Atlanterhavet i 1982, og en replika av Hopperstad stavkirke.

På veien videre mot Bismarck gjør vi et stopp i Jamestown for å se
National Buffalo Museum og den lille Frontier Village.

Hotell (2 netter): Country Inn & Suites by Carlson,
3205 North 14th Street, Bismarck, ND 58503

Robert Asp, a guidance counselor at Moorhead Junior High School, first talked
of building and sailing a replica of an ancient Viking ship with his brother
Bjarne. Bob Asp studied books about Vikings while recovering from a severe
fall during the summer of 1971.  The dream of sailing a Viking ship to Norway
began to take shape. Bjarne Asp studied Norwegian history at Concordia College
in Moorhead, Minnesota in the summer of 1971. Bjarne provided Bob Asp with
books about Vikings. Bob Asp based the design of his ship on the
Gokstad burial
ship. T
Gokstad had been unearthed from a burial mound near Sandefjord,
Norway in 1880.
he ship was dated with a construction date circa 800 AD.

Norwegian Stave churches
 were built just after the
close of the Viking Age in Scandinavia in the
1100 and 1200’s. The
technique of using vertical
posts-or staves- had been
modified over time to
become wooden architectural
works of art.
The church in Moorhead is a
full-scale replica of the
Hopperstad Church located
in the town of Vik,
(Sogn og Fjordane) Norway
The replica church is a quintessential labor of love. Guy Paulson began
carving for the church in January of 1997. “I have been carving for
about 25 years, so a challenging project like this intrigued me,” Paulson says,
“It’s something that honors my family’s Christian heritage.” It was dedicated
in 1998 as a gift to the Center and the city of Moorhead from the Paulson
family.  The carvings for the church began in January 1997, and on-site
construction of the church started in August 1997.
All carvings were done by Guy Paulson. The church is constructed of cedar,
redwood, and pine.


Kopi av Hopperstad stavkirke
Originalen: Hopperstad stavkirke er en stavkirke med hevet midtrom som står på gården
Hopperstad nær Vikøyri i Vik kommune, Sogn og Fjordane fylke i Norge. Stavkirken skal
være bygd omkring år 1130, og den står på sin originale tuft.  Wikipedia
Luke brukt til å gi nattverd
til spedalske


Grete på arkivet i Hjemkomstsenteret.
The Historical & Cultural Society of Clay
County houses tens of thousands of photos,
books, manuscripts, newspapers, and other
records relating to Clay County’s past.
These are available for use by the general
public and there is no charge



The cross is a replica
of a celtic cross which
stands in
the churchyard
in Loen in Nordfjord,
The original cross
was emplaced before
995 AD
A gift from Rev. and
Mrs Molldrem
Info ved korset


Lunsj hos Sons of Norway i Fargo


Rosemalt søplekasse med teksten "Nord av normal"


Rollon og Karl Martin i Fargo

The Rollo statue north of the Sons
of Norway lodge in sentral Fargo
is a century old. It was one of
five Norwegian monuments
erected in Fargo in the decade
following Norway s independence
from Sweden in 1905, part of a
resurgence in ethnic pride led
locally by Dr. Herman O. Fjelde
of Wahpeton.

Rollo was a Norse conqueror
originally known as Gange Hrolf.

After plundering various
northern European kingdoms
for thirty years, Hrolf agreed to
Frankish King Charles the Fat's
offer of a duchy northwest of Paris
and the king's daughter's hand
in marriage in return for
defending Charles's kingdom
against further Norse attacks.
Hrolf also agreed,
at least nominally, to accept
Christianity, and he was
baptized under the name of
Rollon (later anglicized to Rollo)

I 1863 laget den franske billedhoggeren Arséne Letellier Rollon-skulpturen
i granitt, oppsatt i en park i R
ouen i Normandie, en kopi står i Parken i
Ålesund og en i Fargo, North Dakota.

Bamsen i Jamestown

Journey through the history and the significance of the bison
(American buffalo) with the interpretive panels, artifacts and
original artwork on display. The highlight of their exhibits is
herd of live bison that roam the land next to the museum.
This herd includes the only certified
true albino bison in the world,
White Cloud.

Kirken i Frontier Village, Jamestown

Hest og vogn i Frontier Village
roadside attractions for over 50 years.  In 2010,
the World's Largest Buffalo received his name, Dakota


This 26-foot-tall,
60-ton concrete
giant has been
watch over
Jamestown from
Frontier Village
since 1959.
Created by sculptor
Elmer Petersen, he
has proven one of
the midwest's most popular



Original buildings
from the frontier
villages of North
Dakota have been
moved to this site
and filled with
antiques and
that bring the world
of the prairie
pioneers to life

Karl Martin på bar i Frontier Village
Torsdag 1. oktober 2015

BISMARCK North Dakota – MINOT North Dakota –
BISMARCK North Dakota.

Dagsutflukt til Norsk høstfest; en stor opplevelse!

Hotell: Som forrige natt.

Scandinavian Heritage Park

The Scandinavian Heritage Association was started in 1989 to honor the
cultures of the five Scandinavian countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark,
and Iceland.  The SHA boasts an international membership and is committed to
honoring the past and building a legacy for the future.  We do this through
various sponsorships of programs and cultural events, including our annual
Midsommar Natt celebration, Scandinavian Heritage Park, Hostfest-Heritage
Foundation and presentations by area artists and artisans. Future generations
will be the heirs of our rich Scandinavian heritage because we cared enough
to preserve and nurture the culture and traditions that were so much a part of
our ancestor's lives.

Scandinavian Heritage Park
Danmarks bidrag: H. C.
Andersen og en vinmølle

Hans Christian Andersen was most
 famous for his fairy tales even
though he wrote novels, poems,
plays and travel articles.
One of the things hisworks
taught was that beauty comes
from within

Leiv Erikson fra Island
og Norge

Leif Eirikssen is a fitting symbol
for all North Americans whose
heritage lies in the Nordic
countries beyond our shores.
According to Saga tradition,
his father, Erik the Red, was
Norwegian. Leif was born in
Eiriksstadir, Icleand, lived and
farmed at Brattahlid, Greenland,
and served one winter under the
Norwegian king in Trondheim.

Behind H. C. Andersen: In 1928, the windmill was built by Carl Olson in Powers
Lake and was used to supply water and to grind wheat for the family.
Fra Norge: En stavkirke,
Casper Øimoen (skihopper)
og mer.

Casper Oimoen, who was a
long-time Minot resident, stands
tall in the park.
Oimoen was widely-acclaimed
across the continent for his
graceful ski-jumping skill.


Grete ved statuen av
Sondre Norheim

He brought the joy of skiing to the
world. The legendary Norwegian
skier Sondre Norheim played a crucial
role as skiing during the late 19th
century changed from utility into
enjoyment and sports.
Norheim was the acrobatic master
of the slopes - a man whose traces
in the snow will always be visible

A full-size replica of the Gol Stave Church, which was moved from Gol, Hallingdal
to the Folk Museum in Bygdoy Park in Oslo, Norway about 100 years ago, has a
place of honor in the Heritage Park.

Sverige viser fram en kjempe av en dalahest.

The first Dala Horses were plain wood, created as toys for children.
A hundred years later, they took on their familiar bright colors and kurbit
(flower-patterned) saddle and harness designs.
North-Dakota_Minot_lutefiskfiske Det renner en liten bekk
gjennom parken, men det er
forbudt å fiske
lutefisk der.

To the right:   This stabbur is a replica of a storehouse from a farm near
Telemark, Norway. The original was built about 1775. This replica was
constructed in Norway. It was then disassembled and shipped to Minot
where it was reconstructed in 1990


Denne blide
dukken er
også fra

Stabburet er fra Telemark, Norge.
I parken er det også ei stue fra Telemark.

Norsk Høstfest, Minot
På vei til Norsk Høstfest.

Grete lurer på om det er noe som er verdt å kjøpe. Svaret var nei.
Det første vi hørte var et

Hva skal vi ha til lunsj?  Norsk lutefisk eller svenske kjøttboller
med lingon.   Det ble kjøttboller og de var ganske gode.

På messeområdet er det flere store saler.
Salene har navn etter de norsike hovedstedene.
Dessuten er det en Vining Hall, en Skien Hall

Fin konsert med brødrene Solli-Tangen

Solli-Tangen invites the Høstfest audience on a journey through the
brothers' musical favorites ranging from the 1800s to current songs.
Didrik and Emil Solli-Tangen have made their mark on big stages
and television appearances both home and abroad, and are
well known in Norway.

Didrik is an educated classical singer from the Barratt Due
Institute of Music, and Emil took his education at the National
Opera Academy in Oslo. Last year they traveled throughout
Norway celebrating the 200-Year Anniversary of the Norwegian

The Ringling 5 are a group of ranchers
from the Shields River Valley in southwest
Montana.  They write and perform 
own brand of music about life in the
modern west. 

They sing about the struggles of sorting
 cows with your wife, trading in your horse
for a 4-wheeler, and what if Jesus had been
born in Norway.

Rinat Mouzafarov's Institute of Dance
performs their most physically
challenging dance choreography
entirely on skis.
This beautiful display of athleticism
and agility is one you won't want
to miss.
Fin danseoppvisning av
unge dansere

Members of the Western Plains
Children's Chorus perform with
joyous enthusiasm in English
and Norwegian during the
Norsk Høstfest.

Veien tilbake til hotellet i Bismarck.


Fin solnedgang mellom Minot og Bismarck


                                 Bjøro Haaland


        "Back by popular demand for the 30th time".
Bilde fra

Vi fikk med oss en del av Bjøro Haaland-konserten også, men tok ingen bilder.

No other artist has appeared at Norsk Høstfest so many times nor at
any other festival! Bjøro Haaland is still going strong and his voice
is better than ever. Bjøro first performed at Norsk Høstfest in 1982,
and has been the fan favorite ever since!

Billing himself as "the Norwegian Cowboy", Bjøro, who hails from
Kristiansand, Norway, has become an international country singing

Fredag 2. oktober 2015

BISMARCK North Dakota – BILLINGS Montana.

Vi fortsetter vestover til Montana. Dagens høydepunkt er besøk ved
Little Bighorn Battlefield der borgerkrigshelten, general George
Armstrong Custer, tapte slaget mot sioux- og cheyenne-indianerne
ledet av blant andre Sitting Bull og Crazy Horse i 1876. Generalen
og hele hans 7. kavaleri mistet livet. Dette slaget er et av de mest
kjente slagene i indianerkrigshistorien.

Hotell: Best Western Plus Kelly Inn & Suites, 4915 Southgate Drive,
Billings, MT 59101.

                  Geese in flight (Highway 94)

Bonden Henry O. Bakken utenfor Tioga, noen mil mot sørøst i delstaten,
inviterer familie og naboer til grillfest for å feire: Oljeselskapet Amerada
har nettopp truffet blink på jordet hans.

Det ble en fulltreffer av en oljebrønn. I årene 1952 til 1967 produserte
den 255 556 fat olje. Bakken havnet i historiebøkene, da oljefeltet ble
oppkalt etter ha

Så langt hadde vi hatt sommerlig, fint vær.
Men denne morgenen våknet vi til regn og kaldt vær.

Oljepumpene er blitt symbolet på USAs nye makt. Jakten på det svarte gullet
forvandler Nord-Dakota til vår tids Klondyke. D
øende provinsbyer blir brølende
vekstsentre. USA er verdens nye oljesupermakt. Velkommen til revolusjonen på

Aftenposten besøkte Divide County høsten 2012, og artikkelen sto på trykk i
økonomimagasinet 10. januar. Siden den gang er oljeproduksjonen i Nord-Dakota og
Divide County vokst videre.
I juli 2013 var produksjonen i Divide County økt til 1,1 millioner fat i måneden,
mens Nord-Dakota nå produserer nesten 900 000 fat olje om dagen.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt
National Park
er en nasjonalpark i delstaten Nord-Dakota, USA.
arken ble etablert 
10. november
, og er på
285 km². D
e viktigste
i nasjonalparken er landskapstype

(et tørt, leirholdig
erosjonslandskap), et rikt dyreliv, og kulturhistorien
knyttet til Roosevelts liv, jakt og
eiendommer i området

Medora was founded in 1883 along the transcontinental rail line of the
orthern Pacific Railway
 by French nobleman 
Marquis de Mores, who named
the city after his wif
Medora von Hoffman.
Marquis de Mores wanted to ship refrigerated meat to Chicago via the railroad.
e built a meat packing plant for this purpose and a house named the
, which is now a museum.,_North_Dakota


Vi fikk en kaffepause i Medora.
En veldig koselig by.

As of the census of 2000, there were 100 people, 51 households,
and 23 f
amilies residing in the city.
Medora er en by for cowboyer......



......og indianere
Det ble en lang dag i bussen.
Fra Bismarck til Billings via
Little Big Horn er det 75 km.
I følge google bruker 6 timer
45 minutter på turen.

Little Bighorn

This area memorializes the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and
Cheyenne in one of the Indian's last armed efforts to preserve their way of life.
Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A.
Custer and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, died fighting several
thousand Lakota, and Cheyenne warriors

Little Big Horne


7th Cavalry Monument



 Iron sculpture by Native artist Colleen Cutschall honoring the Native Americans.

  • Commemorates the Native Americans
  • (Crow tribe) who died fighting for their
  • homelands in the 1876 Battle of Little
  • Bighorn.
  • Monument at the Little Bighorn
  • Battlefield National Monument.

Fine blomster, men ikke gå utenfor
gangveiene. I gresset lurer slangene.




Montana fra bussen.
Lørdag 3. oktober 2015


Denne dagen oppholder vi oss i området mellom Billings og Livingston
der mange nordmenn slo seg ned.
Vi besøker Museum of the Beartooths
i Columbus og Crazy Horse Museum i Big Timber.
Her møter vi også
norsk-amerikanere fra området.

Hotell: Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge, 1515 West Park Street,
Livingston, MT 59047.

En bjørn bak bilen
En ny dag med regn og tåke. Kaldt var det også.

Columbus, Beartooth Museum

Museum of the Beartooth

The mission of the Stillwater Historical Society is to collect,
preserve and share the rich history, art and culture of the
Stillwater County area, through the Museum of the

Grand Hotell, Big Timber
Inger-Torill og damene som tok i mot oss i Big Timber.
Vi er på Grand Hotell hvor vi skal spise lunsj.

Grand Hotell:

Built in 1890 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The
Grand Hotel has been restored to her original dignity. Enjoy Montana's
finest cuisine in The Grand tradition, stay the night in our beautiful turn
of the century decorated rooms, or have a beverage at our 1890 saloon.

The Grand Hotel Restaurant serves locally raised beef and lamb and fresh
seafood flown in daily, which our acclaimed chef prepares to world accolades

Hovedgata i Big Timber med Grand Hotell
Big Timber is a city in and the county seat of Sweet Grass County, Montana,
United States
  The population was 1,641 at the 2010 census.,_Montana

Konsert på eldresenteret.
Eldste musiker 94 år, de andre
ikke så mye yngre
Big Timber Hospitality House:

Jam session, 2 p.m., Hospitality House

Everyone welcome!

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 2:00pm

Bilder fra Big Timber

Til høyre: Lodge President (Sons of Norway avd. Big Timber) Carol C O'Dell og styremedlem i Dis-Norge Johnny Lyngstad (reiseleder på Amerikaturen 2015)

Dans på eldresenteret
Crazy Mountain Museum i
Big Timber

Gaveoverrekkelse på Crazy Mountain Museum
Stabbur og kirken på Crazy
Mountain Museum

Since the early 1900's the Sweet Grass Museum Society has worked hard to
maintain the history of Sweet Grass County.  Our unique museum is a
collection of artifacts that have touched the lives of those who have called
Sweet Grass County home.  

In the 1990's the Society found a permanent home with the building of the
Crazy Mountain Museum.  The new museum boasts a large research area
which includes a master index of over 5,500 surnames of individuals
mentioned in a wide variety of documents and pictures within the museum. 
The index was completed in 2002 when volunteers studied newspapers that
dated all the way back to the 1890's.  

You are invited to stop by and and view our exhibits and learn more about
the events that has help to shape Sweet Grass County and Big Timber into
the wonderful place it is today.

If you are looking for family history please feel free to contact the Museum
 for assistance.

Fra stabburet på Crazy Mountain

The stabbur was used as a store house for food items and
e invite you to take a step into our Norwegian
heritage and view all of the wonderful items that have
been donated or loaned for viewing by our
community's Norwegian families. 
The stabbur is cared for by The Sons of Norway group.

Melville is an unincorporated community in northern Sweet Grass County,
, United States. It lies along local roads just west of U.S.
e 191
, north of the city of Big Timber, the county seat of Sweet Grass
   Its elevation is 5,020 feet (1,530 m). Although Melville is
unincorporated, it has a 
post office, with the ZIP code of 59055,
opened on 4 January 1883

Located 20 miles north of Big Timber, Melville was established in 1877
as a village named after Colonel Melville, the arctic explorer. A post
office first went into operation in Melville in 1883, and the first
Lutheran congregation in Montana was established there in 1885.
Until a church was built in 1914, all services were held in the

Melville is a ranching community, originally settled by Norwegians.
It became regional a meeting place for Saturday night dances, horse
races, and gambling. This resulted in the town quickly gaining a
reputation for being particularly rough and tumble.
At its height, Melville had a flourmill, a cheese factory, a hotel, at least
four saloons, two stores and a drug store. The railroad in Big Timber
made such luxuries as dried fruits and green coffee available.
Melville is situated along the Sweetgrass River. The town provides
supplies for the sheep camps in the Crazy Mountains and is the
headquarters of the Cremer Stock Ranch, which is renowned for
providing stock for western rodeos,_Montana

Fra Crazy Mountain-museet kjørte vi til Melville kirke.
Ikke det tettest bebodde området i USA.

Melville kirke. Langt fra nærmeste bebyggelse, men fullsatt hver søndag.

When I encountered this gable-front vernacular Gothic church in March
1984, its unadorned beauty framed by the C
razy Mountains was a
take-your-breath away experience.  I f
eatured the church in my 
Travelers Companion to
ontana History book on page 121, and noted
the congregation, established in 1885, had built the church in 1914. 
t has weathered the subsequent 100 years well, as the image below
shows.  T
he stewardship of the congregation in maintaining the building,
when so many other rural churches have closed in
the last 30 years, is to be congratulated.

Altertavla og et glassmaleri i
Melville kirke

But Melville has more than the church–its rural school is still there, and
probably as old as the church, serving as public space within the shadows
of the Crazy Mountains.

Det skal være fin utsikt mot Crazy Mountain fra Melville.
Dessverre lå de dekket av tåke da vi var på besøk.

Vi hadde vært i den lille kirken, og hadde lyst til å se kirkegården også.

For å komme til kirkegården måtte vi først kjøre et stykke med bussen.
Så måtte vi gå et stykke langs en kjerrevei. Da vi var på vei fra porten på bildet
over, og til kirkegården ble vi oppdaget av en flokk kviger. Hele flokken kom
mot oss. Det er greit å møte noen kuer, men dette var litt
for mange. Vi var glade da vi kunne lukke kirkegårdsporten etter oss.

Men vi måtte jo tilbake. Dyra sto trofast og ventet utenfor. Alle kom
heldigvis velberga tilbake til bussen. Den som ikke var helt fornøyd
var bussjåføren. Noen av oss hadde tråkka i kuruker på veien.
Sjåføren fant fram masse papir og sjekka alle sko før vi fikk gå inn i
bussen igjen.

En ensom kirkegård i Melville, Montana
20 miles north of Big Timber Hwy 191 take the Melville Road past the oldest
utheran C
hurch in Montana and go 1 mile and 2 acres of cemetery lies fenced
off in black angus pasture with the C
razy Mountains as a background.

Søndag 4. oktober 2015


Søndagen byr på store naturopplevelser: Vi besøker Yellowstone National
Park, kjent for både dyreliv og utrolige naturopplevelser som for eksempel
geysirer. Vi krysser fingrene for godt vær!

Vi kan glede oss til møte med lokale musikere i Idaho Falls.

Hotell: Best Western Plus CottonTree Inn, 900 Lindsay Blvd,
Idaho Falls, ID 83402.

Været: Overskya om morgenen, men utpå dagen ble det fint vær.
På ca 2400 moh ble tåka liggende mesteparten av dagen, men vi var
for det meste lavere enn det.

Snøfjell i Montana

Prærieantilope, også kalt gaffelantilope og gaffelbukk i Norge, er eneste art i familien
prærieantiloper og slekten prærieantiloper. Arten er endemisk for det vestre
Nord-Amerika, fra Canada i nord til Mexico i sø

Yellowstone Mational Park

It's Wonderland. Old Faithful and the majority of the world's geysers are
preserved here. T
hey are the main reason the park was established in
1872 as A
merica's first national park—an idea that spread worldwide.
mountain wilderness, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison
and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact ecosystems in
the Earth’s temperate zone.


The Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces have been a popular feature in Yellowstone
since the early stagecoach routes up the Yellowstone River Valley. The Terraces,
first described by the 1871 Hayden Survey, were given the name of White
Mountain Hot Spring, even though they were well known and named before then.

The step-like terraces form as heated water moves along the Morris-Mammoth
Fault. The hot water carries dissolved calcium and bicarbonate to the surface
of the terraces where pressure lessens. Carbon dioxide then escapes as gas and
the carbonate combines with calcium to precipitate as travertine.

Mammoth Hot Spring
The Mammoth Terraces are constantly changing shape and color. Springs which
were active one to five years ago may be dry and lifeless now, yet activity may later
resume. Along with changes of thermal activity come changes in color.
Fresh travertine is bright white in color and as it weathers it changes to gray.
Bright colored cyanobacteria and algae mats which were dependent upon a
 stable temperature and a flow of water also change as the microorganisms
die creating a stark, bleak landscape.

Full stopp i trafikken når en flokk med bison har bestemt seg for å tilbringe
en del av formiddagen der.
Heldigvis fant de ut at gresset var grønnere på begge sider av veien og
vandret sakte, mens sikkert ut fra veibanen.

Bison are among the largest hoofed mammals, standing 1.5 to 2
meters (5 to 6.5 feet) at the shoulder and weighing 350 to 1000 kg
(800 to 2,200 lbs). Males are on average larger than females.
The head and forequarters of bison are especially massive with a
large hump on the shoulders. Both sexes have horns with the male's
being somewhat larger
Calcite Springs
Yellowstone River
Calcite Springs Overlook is one of those views. An 800 ft. path will
take you along the edge of a deep canyon where the Yellowstone
River flows swiftly hundreds of feet below you. Mountain backdrops,
unique cliff formations, and a thermal feature in the distance on the
banks of the river is what you can expect at this must-see wonder.
There are some stairs to go up and down but it is very easy.
Keep an eye out for black bears on your way to or from this area.
They are often spotted wandering in the grassy woods on the side
of the road.


Mount Washburn (10,243 feet) (3122meter) rests between Tower and
, and the entire drive is spectacular.  The highway eventually reaches
it's highest point at
Dunraven Pass (8,859 feet), and if you then want to
get even higher, there is a maintained hiking trail that takes you all the way
to the summit of Mount Washburn in just a few short miles!

Dunraven Pass (8,859 feet)  (2700 meter) is the highest road pass in
e National Park
, and because of this, it can get snow at any
time of year- even summer. 
It's always the first to close during a regional snow storm, and it is always
the first road to close in the fall as
Yellowstone Park winds down for the winter

In addition to being on top of the world, Mount Washburn in Yellowstone
National Park is a great place to see grizzly bears, bighorn sheep,
wildflowers, and a host of other amazing wildlife


Enda en flokk med bison

En bjørn!!  Each year a number of park visitors are injured by wildlife
when approaching too closely. A
pproaching on foot within 100 yards
(91 m) of bears or within 25 yards (23 m) of other wildlife is prohibited.

Black bears are
not all black; their
coats can be
brown or black.
black bears are
mistaken for
grizzlies. Black
bears are smaller
than grizzlies:
adult males weigh between 200 and
600 pounds,
females between 150
and 400 pounds.

The black bear’s rump is higher than it’s shoulder, and it’s head is
“Roman-nosed”, rather than the grizzly’s dish shape. Black bears feed
on a variety of grasses, roots, berries, and other plants, in addition to
small rodents and animal carcasses.

Vannet koker .....

... og dampen stiger opp overalt.

Det lukter svovel

Mer kokende vann
The Washburn Expedition and the
Hayden Survey discovered Mud
Volcano during the early 1870s.
Both groups heard the sound
"resembling the reports of distant
artillery" for several miles before
arriving at Mud Volcano


Mud Volcano at that time exploded with mud from its hillside alcove.
Since then Mud Volcano has quieted but still remains a bubbling,
seething spring.

Mud Volcano Area, also known for Black Dragon's Caldron, Sour Lake, Mud Caldron,
Dragon's Mouth Spring, and Sulfur Caldron, is very acidic. Iron sulfide is responsible f
or the dark-gray, blacker brown-colored water, while hydrogen sulfide produces
the "rotten egg" smell common to the Mud Volcano area.


Sulfur Caldron is an unusual spring. It has a high acidity of nearly pH 1.2,
similar to citric acid, and the growth of a specific bacterium has produced a
yellow-colored spring which contrasts to the other dark-gray or black,
iron sulfide springs.

Mud Volcano Area


  Mud Volcano Area

Upper Geyser Basin. Old Faithful lengst til høyre.

Vi var ikke helt alene om å vente på utblåsning fra Old Faithful

Vi venter og venter. Gamle trofast var litt treg denne dagen.
Men endelig begynner det å skje noe

Temperature 199°
Interval 30-120 minutes

Duration 1.5-5 minutes.
Height 110-185 feet.
The Washburn Expedition in 1870
named O
ld Faithful for its nearly
regular schedule of eruptions. It is
the grand old geyser of Yellowstone
because of its frequent and
predictable eruptions. The intervals
between eruptions average between
45-90 minutes and the average
duration is about four minutes.
To predict the next eruption, its first
continuous surge is timed until the
final splash. If the total eruption is
less than four minutes, the next
eruption will occur in
approximately 40-60 minutes.
If the eruption is four minutes or
longer, the next interval will be
75-100 minutes.

Mange biler langs veien.
Altså noe å se på.
Denne gangen en ny flokk med bison.

Denne kan visst ikke trafikkreglene.



Det nærmer seg sluttet på oppholdet i Yellowstone National Park.
Fra parken kjørte vi direkte til hotellet i Idaho Falls

Mandag 5. oktober 2015


Og så når vi endelig Salt Lake City som er verdens-sentrum for
slektsforskning og for mormoner-kirken
(Jesu Kristi Kirke av Siste Dagers Hellige).

Hotell (2 netter): Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites,
230 West 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

Idaho Falls


Hydroelectricity in the Columbia River Basin

Welcome to the Idaho Falls Greenbelt...a spectacular way to see and
explore the things that makes Idaho Falls unique.
Covering 5 miles on both
sides of the S
nake River it is a joint project of the City and its residents
spearheaded by the Idaho F
alls Rotary Club whose annual Great Snake
River D
uck Race provides additional funds for expansion and
improvement of the project. W
e hope you enjoy your visit to the
Greenbelt and will come back soon.
Denne blir stående i Idaho Falls.
Her gjør den tjeneste som gatekjøkken

The Union Pacific Railroad
reporting mark UP
) is a 
Class I l
ine haul freight railroad that
operates nearly 9,000 locomotives
over 32,000 route-miles in 23
states west of
Chicago, Illinois
New Orleans, Louisiana.
he Union P
acific Railroad
network is the largest in

the U
nited States and is serviced
by more than 50,000 employees.


Bilde tatt fra bussen. Vi er nok fortsatt i Idaho, på vei mot Utah.
Salt Lake City

A food court (in
Asia-Pacific als
food hall) is
generally an indoor
plaza or
common area
 within a facility
that is contiguous
with the counters of multiple food
vendors and provides
a common
area for self-serve dining
Her er vi på:
City Creek Center.


Family History Library
Experienced guides and genealogists
can help you with your research, and
it’s available to you free of charge!

Research Consultants and volunteers
can help you by suggesting sources for
you to search, answering basic
questions such as how to get started,
where a town is located, and what
records are available for a locality
and how to use them.

The Salt Lake meridian, established in 1855, in longitude 111° 54′ 00″ west
from G
reenwich, has its initial point at southeast corner of 
Temple Square, in
Salt Lake City, Utah, extends north and south through the state, and, with the
base line, through the initial, and coincident with the parallel o
f 40° 46′ 04″
north latitude, governs the surveys in the territory, except those referred to
Uintah meridian

and Baseline projected from an initial. point in latitude 40° 26′ 20″ north, longitude 109° 57′ 30″
west from Greenwich.   


Search the catalog of materials (including microfilm, microfiche, and publications)
found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Many items can be
loaned to local family history centers around the world.

The collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records;
727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; over 4,500
periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources.

Records available are from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe,
Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

A majority of the records contain information about persons who lived
before 1930

Approximately 200 cameras are currently digitizing records in over 45 countries.
Records have been filmed in over 110 countries, territories, and possessions.

Grete på Family History Library
Det er kveld, og vi er på vei for å spise middag.

Tempelet i Salt Lake City

The Roof Restaurant is Utah’s premier gourmet dining buffet located on
the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building

With breathtaking
views of Temple
Square and Downtown
Salt Lake City,
The Roof is a fusion of inspiring views
and delicious food.
The menu includes
our renowned dessert
buffet and
exciting international
cuisine along
with traditional
favorites that change
daily. Celebrate your engagement,
anniversary, and any
other special
occasion in the elegant atmosphere
of T
he Roof Restaurant


1. etasje i samme bygning som restaurantene
The Roof og Garden Restaurant.

Tirsdag 6. oktober 2015


Dagen benyttes hovedsakelig til arkivbesøk. Family History Library er
et kjempestort senter der vi også finner en stor samling norske
bygdebøker på rekke og rad. Alle får hjelp til å finne fram til det de
leter etter.

Hotell: Som forrige natt.

Vi gikk gjerne fra hotellet og opp i
byen, selv om trikken var gratis.
Vi prøvde trikken også.
Tre holdeplasser fra hotellet og
opp i byen.

Statue of Restoration of the
Priesthood, Temple Square


Til høyre: Tempelet i Salt Lake City
The location for the temple was first marked by Mormon prophet Brigham
, the second president of the church, on July 28, 1847, just four days
after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley. The temple site was dedicated on
February 14, 1853 by Heber C. Kimball. Groundbreaking ceremonies were
presided over by Young, who laid the cornerstone on April 6 of that year.
The architect was Truman O. Angell, and the temple is said to feature both
Gothic and Romanesque elements.

Sandstone was originally used for the foundation. During the Utah War, the
foundation was buried and the lot made to look like a plowed field to
prevent unwanted attention from federal troops. After tensions had eased
in 1858 and work on the temple resumed, it was discovered that many of
the foundation stones had cracked, making them unsuitable for use. 


Although not all of the sandstone was replaced, the inadequate sandstone
was replaced by quartz monzonite (which has the appearance of granite)
from Little Cottonwood Canyon, located twenty miles (32 km) southeast
of the temple site. Oxen transported the quarried rock initially, but as the
Transcontinental Railroad
 neared completion in 1869 the remaining
stones were carried by rail at a much faster rat

The Tabernacle organ is
considered to be one of the
finest examples of the American
Classic style of organ building.
Inspired by the design of the
Boston Music Hall organ, the
original organ was built in
1867 by an Englishman, Joseph
Ridges. Ridges' instrument
contained some 700 pipes and
was constructed of locally derived materials as much as possible
The pipes are constructed of wood, zinc, and various alloys of tin and
. When it was initially constructed, the organ had a tracker action
and was powered by hand-pumped bellows; later it was powered by
water from City Creek. Today it is powered by electricity and has an
electro-pneumatic action.

Though the organ has been rebuilt and enlarged several times since
1867, the original, iconic casework and some of Ridges' pipes still
remain in the organ today. The current organ is largely the work of
G. Donald Harrison
of the former Aeolian-Skinner organ firm.
It was completed in 1948 and contains 11,623 pipes, 147 voices
(tone colors) and 206 ranks (rows of pipes).

The Assembly Hall concert organ
was built by Robert L. Sipe of
Garland, Texas, as part of the
renovations surrounding the
building's 100th anniversary.

The wooden case and console were
carved in Salt Lake City by Fetzers'
Inc. and Richard McDonald, and

incorporate extensive symbolism relevant to the Church of Jesus  Christ
of Latter-day Saints.
The specification displays the same eclectic
approach as that of the Tabernacle organ, but with a nod to the
traditional European schools of organbuilding.

Modell av templet i Salt Lake City
after the completion and
of its Salt Lake Temple,
the LDS
Church is opening up the
Mormon landmark to the
public for
tours — in a virtual,
visual and
small-scale way.

Workers painstakingly
chiseled out of the canyon
walls huge granite blocks
that weighed from
2,500 to 5,600 pounds each
and carefully transported
them to Temple Square, first
by ox-drawn wagon and later
 by railroad.
There, expert stone cutters
carved the blocks to fit
into place.


Annie Wells remembers "the sight of the great stones ...
being hauled along the streets by two yoke of oxen and
we would all stand for them to pass with a feeling
of awe and reverence."

bilde fra: http://www.deseretnews.

With the actual 117-year-old
gray-granite temple serving as a
fitting backdrop, a
1/32nd-scale Salt Lake Temple model
towering more than 7 feet tall was
unveiled Friday morning by church
leaders in the Temple Square South
Visitors' Center.

And the hope is the replica — replete
with cut-away walls and views of
detailed depictions of the building's
layout and rooms — will help visitors
better understand the temples of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day


Fontene utenfor City Creek Center

In the heart of Salt Lake City, City Creek Center is the retail centerpiece of one
of the nation's largest mixed-use downtown redevelopment projects.
This unique shopping environment features a retractable glass roof, a creek that
runs through the property, a pedestrian skybridge and more.
This world-class fashion and dining destination offers over 100 stores and
restaurants including
ordstrom, Macy's, Tiffany & Co., Michael Kors, Coach,
and T
exas de Brazil Churrascaria, in a casual, pedestrian-friendly


For nearly a century, the State Capitol has been one of Utah’s most prominent
landmarks. Designed by local architect Richard K. A. Kletting, the Capitol has been h
ome to state government since its opening in 1916.

From 2004 to 2008, the Utah State Capitol underwent one of the largest historical
preservation projects in the United States. In addition to safe-guarding the building
against the risk of an earthquake, the project also repaired and restored the original
beauty and artwork of the Capitol. Each year, thousands of people visit the Capitol to
witness its modern magnificence and historic significance.

New lions were sculpted from Italian
marble by Nic
k Fairplay, master carver.
talian marble, a very durable medium,
was chosen in order to extend the life
of the C
apitol’s new lions. These lions
have been given the names of honorable virtues: F
ortitude, Integrity, Honor, and Patience. Each lion was sculpted to
represent a different age of life.

Chief Massasoit
This sculpture, by renowned Utah
artist Cyrus E. Dallin, is a tribute to
the Wampanogas chief who greeted
the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts.


Mormon Battalion Monument

This monument commemorates the sacrifices made by 500 Mormon pioneer
volunteers who joined the
U.S. Army during the Mexican War. The 100-foot
rose pink granite and bronze monument was sculpted by G
ilbert Riswold and
dedicated in

Maleri: The Passing of the Wagons Gilbert White and Girard Hale

Inngang til House of Representatives
The rotunda and dome interior

An historic and striking building half a mile east of Temple Square that was one of
the first permanent public buildings in Sa
lt Lake City: Council Hall. It served as the
 seat of government for the Utah Territory an
d Salt Lake City for 29 years. Council
all was originally located downtown, just two blocks away from Temple Square,
and later moved to Capitol Hill (across the street from t
he Utah State Capitol building)
in 1962.
Its two most interesting features occupy the grounds at each front corner of the building.
At the northwest corner is the "International" bison. This bison wea
rs the flags of many of
the different ethnic groups that contributed

to the great economic growth of the area during the first 50 years after the initial
migration. At the northeast corner is the "Suitcase" bison, representing a piece of
 luggage bearing travel stickers from many of Utah's top scenic attractions

Syklist i sentrum av Salt Lake

Onsdag 7. oktober 2015


Avreise   Salt Lake City  kl. 12.22  UA 320
Ankomst  Chicago  kl. 16.29
Avreise  Chicago  kl. 21.05  SK 946

En ekstra frokost på flyplassen i Salt Lake City.
Ohare flyplass i Chicago er stor.
Vi måtte gå langt, og enda ta tog en strekning mellom terminalene

Vi hadde god tid på flyplassen i Chicago.
Det ble tid til både en enkel lunsj og en tur i baren.
Handling ble det lite av, siden det var få og veldig dyre butikker her.

Torsdag 8. oktober 2015

Ankomst  Arlanda  kl. 12.30

Avreise  Arlanda  kl. 13.50  SK 495

Ankomst  Gardermoen  kl. 14.45

Fra Gardermoen flytog og båt til Slemmestad.
En hadde vært en fin reise, med hyggelig reisefølge,
og med god guide, reiseleder og sjåfør

Bilder: Karl Martin og Grete
Tekst: Grete (med mange lånte tekster fra internett)