We left Ogden this morning pretty late for us. We slept late knowing it was only 5 hours or so to Boise. I could not, for the life of me, think of why Ogden should be significant.
Driving out of town I was reminded. Just up the road is Promontory, Utah where the last spike of the Trans-Continental railroad was struck.
I am of two hearts about this historical fact. Without the railroad our nation would never have been able to develop economically. The massive gains in science, arts, governance and every other area that are the hallmark of America would not have happened.
On the other hand…the railroad opened the last great wilderness to those who had not “earned” the right. Before the railroad a trip to the west involved months of arduous travel and risk just to get there. Only the hardiest and strongest of will could get to the wild Rockies. The railroad opened the way for montebanks, hucksters, shysters, shills and all manner of varmints to arrive with barely any dust. Where brave and tempered men had led, the untested and weak could now wander freely.
So it is in much of life, I suppose. Those fitted to explore rarely make good settlers. As much in the spiritual realm as anywhere.