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You can see it from there

August 8, 2003

I grew up in Western Nebraska (a place called Gering, which is right next to Scottsbluff, which five more people have heard of then Gering). 

Nestled in the heart of the Nebraska Panhandle, it’s 30 miles from Wyoming, 50 miles from Colorado, and a long, long ways from Lincoln and Omaha, the only cities in Nebraska that anyone has actually heard of (it’s 400+ miles to Omaha, but only 200 miles to Denver or Rapid City, and only 90 miles to Cheyenne). 

Of course, if you explain that to people, they’ve either fallen asleep or wandered off by the time you finish, so I usually tell them that it’s not the end of the world, but on a clear day, you can SEE it from there…

In fact, here are several Quicktime VR pieces that demonstrate that fairly well (all of these are within about an hour’s drive in one direction or another of where I grew up):

Toadstool Park

Antioch Potash Ruins

Carhenge

(this was after “my time” there, but still…)

Interesting…

Lest one get the entirely wrong idea, the majority of the landscape is not as blasted and blighted as one would assume looking at these…

Like I said, though, you can SEE it from there…



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