We believe that time has location.
gone before is now somewhere "back there," but what hasn't
happened yet is still on its way towards us. I'm not advocating we
the system, I'm just saying it's an interesting way to think about
It's made even more interesting in places like Fort Union, when you may
be facing foward yet you're looking directly into the past.
Fort Union was established in 1851
settlers who were crossing half the country on the Santa Fe Trail. The
fort consisted of three different posts in the same area, built at
times and with different materials. It was abandoned in 1890 and exists
today in remarkably good shape (especially the hospital).
History leaves footprints in many
ways, but few seem as immediate as historic trails. The Santa Fe Trail,
one of many historical trails throughout New Mexico, is, in places,
plainly visible. The Trail stretched from Independence, Missouri, to
plaza in Santa Fe. It was the Route 66 of its day. Settlers and trade
traveled its dusty ruts toward the promise of a new life out west. The
trail divided in two in Kansas, the branches relinking near Fort Union.
I doubt those early settlers had much on
other than the hardships of the life they were leading. But maybe one
them wondered, just for a moment, if someone someday would be standing
where he stood, thinking about him thinking about them? I hope so,
because I did the same in reverse.