The 100th Meridian

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I practiced law for 13 years about 15 miles from the 100th Meridian (the center of the United States) and the spot pictured above. I once got a ticket for going 90 mph at 6:00 am as I raced through Cozad trying to make to it to North Platte on Highway 30.

The New York Times Magazine has run a stunning pictorial of this land entitled: This Is What It Looks Like at the Center of America. See it here. I particularly love the photo numbered 14 and the photo numbered 17. See the accompanying article here.

Remembering the haughty, Harvard educated, federal judge who I once heard say, without any trace of irony, that Washington, D.C., is the center of the universe, I am reminded how parochial elites can be. These photos stand in stark contrast to that point of view and depict the real center, both emotionally and otherwise.

RGK

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