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To me, "The Crossing" represents the opening of nothern and western United States to cattle ranching, where much of the land was either unsuitable or marginal for farming without irrigation. However, the first establishment of cattle ranches and towns in the north and west depended on the cattle drives from Texas across some of the most rugged and dry lands in our nation. Many of the cattle and cowboys didn't survive those cattle drives. It was a great lesson to be learned again and again by those who would have the courage and grit to take on such great adventures. In other words, a great adventure almost always comes with some great losses. Those losses were very much a part of western expansion, as well as the people who settled in the west.
September 29th, 2013
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