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January 25, 2007 Enterprise, Oregon "Loaded and set out at 7 o'clock. Passed a creek on the larboard with wide cotton willow bottoms, having passed an island and a rapid..." -- The Journals of Lewis and Clark , Oct. 10, 1805 To be specific, the journal of Captain William Clark, the concept of team-...
January 23, 2007 Enterprise, Oregon For, generally, the writer believes that long after the best road of his day has been supplanted by a straighter and wider one, and long after the highest building has crumbled with time or been blown to bits by air bombs, this book will remain. And the makers of...
January 22, 2007 Enterprise, Oregon ENTERPRISE...(3,755 alt., 1,379 pop.), living up to its name, is the bustling trade center for ranchers in the Wallowa Valley. . . -- Oregon: End of the Trail, The WPA Guide , 1934 Forgive another dateline opener, but this one's just too good to pass up: I'm...
January 21, 2007 Fergus Falls, Minnesota The topography of this ancient lake bed presents a seemingly limitless expanse. The prairie winds sweep across its level surface, turning the propellers of generators that provide electric power for rural homes. -- The WPA Guide to Minnesota , 1938 Near as I...
January 19-20, 2007 Baton Rouge, Louisiana "Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train/And I's feeling nearly as faded as my jeans. . ." -- Kris Kristofferson, Me and Bobby McGee , as sung by Janis Joplin Waiting for a car, actually. Operating on four hours' sleep, fueled by slushy but...

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