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Iron Lines in the Wilderness

My father loved railroads. I’ve always known this, but never had the occasion to ask why. Yet it was just the other day, while pondering a few of his photographs it came to me.

I myself was born in the far northeast corner of Colorado, on the Union Pacific Railroad and the South Platte River. The little town of Sedgwick never made it much beyond a population of 600, and even now can boast only a few hundred souls. But for some reason still, when I’m out walking, I’ll stand in the middle of railroad tracks and allow my eyes to see those straight iron lines disappear into the landscape. I think I’ve always done that. Maybe I was born to do that. Maybe everybody has.

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