|Photo courtesy Erik Thorson copyright 2012|
She unsnarled the facts I had collected, slipped the missing pieces of her family history into place, and smiled sweetly as I connected the dots.
For years I have been working on a history of the place I have chosen to live out my days on earth, a nondescript railroad junction on the Nimipuu (Nez Perce) Reservation in Idaho. Its brown hills stand mute guard over the valley, as if reluctant to share its colorful past with strangers. The Clearwater River cuts through the canyon and traverses shores that once hosted Captains Lewis and Clark as they explored the vast wilderness to the ocean.
We landed here in 1963 after moving around the country many times when I was a child. It instantly became the place I set down my roots. After nearly fifty years of living here, I love this beautiful, dry, star-thistle-covered old valley more than ever.
One of my pets projects is compiling a history of Arrow, and with every new person I meet, I am more beguiled by the rich heritage it yields from its past.
Today, my heart is full of gratitude for being given such a wonderful place to live. I am thankful God took our family and set us down in a place where He knew we would best grow upward toward Him.
To those who lived here, and to those who are my neighbors, I just want to say I am a richer person for having known you.
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