Seeing the bountiful that sets us apart

From the Kansas City Star:

The Chief is a splendid — one might say a legendary — train. Its route from Chicago to Los Angeles traverses more than two-thirds of the whole breadth of the country.

Some stretches through which we’ve passed were punctuated by hamlets that tried, but failed, to be towns — huddled clutches of poor houses, with one or two of what appear once to have been commercial buildings, but now are derelict shells through whose glassless windows only darkness can be seen.

Then more substantial places: Sandwich, Mendota and Princeton, with populations in the 6,000 to 7,000 range. And at half past 6 o’clock, as evening was coming on, pretty Galesburg, Ill., with the name of Knox College, founded in 1837 by abolitionists, writ large on a building that fronted the track.