Essays taken from a weekly newspaper column published in the Washington County News, Washington, Kansas. Look for my book, "Dispatches From Kansas," available from Amazon.com, or from the author.
Highway 36 revisited. Remote as it seems, the entire town has been mapped by Google Streetview. Nowhere to hide. Looks like there was once a traveling quonset salesman, too.
Western Kansas and eastern Colorado are dying faster than imaginable. Cope used to have a few businesses, now it's almost deserted. Last Chance has no chance. Idalia,Joes, I can't see what keeps them afloat. Pure grit and determination, plus some desperation thrown in, I suppose.
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