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Old 07-21-2014, 05:45 PM   #187
Jettn Jim
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Location: NE PA Some... PNW Some... On HIGH ADVENTURE Most!
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Flin FLon the only town in the world named after a fictional character, I slept for free at the campground in town as I had met the postman and his wife who worked there at a bar one RAINY night, great couple. She gave me a key to the washroom and I left it under a rock near the office. Actually it was raining SO hard that I just threw my bag on the bathroom floor and slept right there! Quite a sight I was to the ol' men coming in for their morning seat time, good thing I had lost my smell in the accident.

"The town's name is taken from the lead character in a paperback novel, The Sunless City by J. E. Preston Muddock. Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin piloted a submarine through a bottomless lake where he passed into a strange underground world through a hole lined with gold. A copy of the book was allegedly found and read by prospector Tom Creighton.

When Tom Creighton discovered a high-grade exposure of copper, he thought of the book and called it Flin Flon's mine, and the town that developed around the mine adopted the name.

The character of "Flinty", as he is locally known, is of such importance to the identity of the city that the local Chamber of Commerce commissioned the minting of a $3.00 coin which was considered legal tender amongst locally participating retailers during the year following its issue. A statue representing Flinty was designed by cartoonist Al Capp and is one of the points of interest of the city. In 1978, the National Film Board of Canada produced the short documentary Canada Vignettes: Flin Flon about the origin of the city's name."
Flinty here near the Campground...

HUGE underground mines are under the city the size of football fields. Mining still being the main employment there: "Today, Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co., Limited (now known as HudBay Minerals Inc.), is still the major employer in the area and mining is at the heart of the economy."

If you go East out of town on 10 toward the Cranberry Lakes and Cranberry Portage you can see the Worlds Largest Tipi:
Then take a left onto hwy 39 for a ways past many more lakes, then scoot down hwy 6 which will spit Lake Winnipeg and Lake Winnipegosis BIG WATERS! And lotsa great Walleye to eat!

North of Winnipeg you can start cutting across to the East and Southeast missing the greater part of town.
I loved that ride up there!
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