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~ Pocket Diary Owned by Arthur Morgan - 7 - July 1864.jpg


The real symbol of this land was the railroad and everything related to it. It created a rate of development that seemed almost inhuman, with so much cash subsidy and public land and at stake. The movement to the West was going to be bigger than everyone suspected.

I remember the Northern mountains swallowed by starving sawmills, the poisoned rivers on the first frontier, the pale manufacturing smoke lingering over noisy cities.

Looking at the canyons now, the rocks weathered an almost infinite range of ways, and here and there a pine sent its roots into the clefts on the sides as if grappling with its survival.
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