Sidney Draw

draw: trace or produce a line or mark; pull or guide; extract
draw: a natural ditch or drain; a shallow valley

Last year I drove from Lincoln (Section 52 in my grid) to Scottsbluff (Section 37) to give a workshop as part of Picturing Nebraska.

[mapping] locator map with sections 4.001

As usual, I took the long way round—3 days and 629 miles.

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Leaving Sidney (Section 62) for Kimball and going west on Hwy 30, I saw Sidney Draw on the map.  Having drawn Sidney Draw I decided to explore it.

Here’s the topo map I used to draw Section 62. It shows a 33-mile square:section 62 L3@150

I drove south on Hwy 19 to Lorenzo and then made my way west on the county roads. I rejoined Hwy 30 at Potter, at the west edge of Section 62. My detour took two and one-half hours to travel 19 miles west.

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Here’s what I had drawn:

Locator Map Section 62. 1" = 2.75 mi

Locator Map Section 62 (1″ = 2.75 mi)

Here’s what I saw:

CR 79 N to Potter

CR 79 N to Potter

What is it about these contours that soothes me?

I love the promise of each hill.

I love the way the grid of county roads breaks to yield to the terrain.

CR 79 N to Potter 16 - Version 2

This landscape is tenacious. Its history (rock, sand, grass, fence) consoles me.CR 8 W of Lorenzo 10

This tenacity, consolation and promise is part of what I want to carry in the wrapping I call Prairie Skin.

Landscape is history made visible.  (John Brinkerhoff Jackson)

          A dream of tenderness
          wrestles with all I know of history.
 (Adrienne Rich)

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