ISN’T THE FIRST TIME!
An American phrase dating to the 18th century says “God willing and the Creek don’t rise” meaning the person will do something unless extreme circumstances prevent it. Growing up, I thought “Creek don’t rise” meant flooding, but later learned it originally referred to rebellion by Creek First Americans.
When we drove back roads to Baraboo, Wisconsin this fall, the water rose. We took frequent detours because bridges were washed out and roads were flooded. When we reached Baraboo, we saw a sign for the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom. Undaunted by another flooded road, we found a way to see it. But when we arrived, we were greeted by an astonished employee who told us the museum was closed. It is a small working rail yard. When things are going well, they run excursion trains as well, but now men were scrambling to move equipment and tools to…
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