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Cody Harding
Nov 18, 2019
Living with Ghosts
In some American communities the past is ever present.
Main Street — Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico.
utnumbered by thousands of Pueblo Indians, but armed with a small cannon, thirteen Spanish conquistadors scaled three hundred foot high mesa walls and turned the tide of battle. In victory they retaliated by amputating the right feet of 24 warriors. …
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Nov 6, 2019
California is Running Low on Natural Resources
In the Golden State there isn’t enough nature to go around.
1912 the seventy-four year old John Muir had spent a lifetime advocating for America’s wild places. He co-founded the Sierra Club, pushed presidents to designate National Parks and wrote numerous books preaching his gospel of nature. …
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Oct 28, 2019
Scarring the Landscape (Pt. 2 of 2)
What marks do we plan to leave on the land?
A Pueblo dwelling’s hand carved stones.
ver steak dinner in Mexican Hat, Utah, I celebrated while the Steelers beat the Chargers. Watching the game I missed Pittsburgh, my adopted hometown. There’s always greener pastures, but without experience places aren’t home.
Hovenweep is a Paiute for ‘deserted…
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Oct 21, 2019
Scarring the Landscape (Pt. 1 of 2)
The American West is littered with signs of the past and present.
a small crack in the Utah desert an ancient Pueblo community flourished. Hovenweep National Monument marks that spot — just beyond the Colorado border. Stone towers guard the canyon, where below scrubby junipers mark the course of…
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Oct 17, 2019
Mining for Treasure
Hopefuls still flock to Colorado seeking fortune.
Grain elevator — Gothenburg, Nebraska.
he Great Plains come to a screeching halt in the suburbs east of Denver, in a tangled mess of railyards, highway construction and flimsy subdivisions. The peaks beyond only frame the region’s ugliness.
Founded in 1858, after gold strikes in the nearby mountains…
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Oct 12, 2019
Dirt and Destruction on the Mississippi
Ancient settlers spent generations building earth mounds until they suddenly stopped.
Monk’s Mound. The suburbs of St. Louis can be seen to the west. (credit:
even miles east of St. Louis sits a state park featuring ancient piles of dirt. The Cahokia Mounds were built between 1100–1450 for reasons not fully understood. Cahokia covered six square miles and included 130 mounds. The settlement was…
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Oct 12, 2019
A City Divided Against Itself
Nashville’s Boom Highlights our Battle for Public Spaces.
The Mansion of an unsavory former President now guards more than 1,000 undeveloped acres on the outskirts of Nashville.
ashville sits at the intersection of ancient routes carved by bison drawn to Middle Tennessee’s natural salt deposits. Historic Nashville perched on hills overlooking the Cumberland River. The strategic location fueled its 19th century growth as a railway hub and commerce center…
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Oct 9, 2019
The Cost of Consumption
Even Manhattan’s First Inhabitants were Extractors.
By Johannes Vingboons — Geheugen van Nederland (Memory of The Netherlands) (credit: Wikipedia).
1624 Peter Minuit, as agent of the Dutch government, purchased 22,000 acres of Manhattan from the Lenape (Delaware) Indians. The site of that purchase is disputed, though generally thought to have occurred in Lower Manhattan near what is now Battery Park. Present day…
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