While continuing to drive westward in Arizona toward the Grand Canyon it becomes obvious the open terrain that is combined with the natural beauty.
Coming from a populated area in Florida, along with the heavy foliage, I enjoyed seeing the openness where you can see for miles.
The long trains looked so lonely as they regularly covered their routes going west and east. I’m sure the train engineers appreciate the rails where they can “cruise” and not encounter so many crossings in metropolitan and rural locations.
I didn’t research the impact of rail to the rural towns as compared to the Interstates but I think the rail actually helped the smaller towns.
I published an earlier post about a town in Louisiana and the impact of Interstate 10. The train’s running through the town were eventually negatively affected by the Interstate expansion as well as the town.
Even as the trains continue to run through rural routes I doubt you’ll find one stopping in the towns as compared to years past when passengers would travel on them. Many towns now don’t rely on trains for their individual supplies neither.
What about Native Americans? We still don’t recognize the impact of our progress and growth to their lives.
Progress happens. It’s what we do with it that makes the major difference.
I still enjoy the remaining beauty though; and I’m thankful for efforts of our society to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.
Love and Blessings!