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The Arkansas River stretches 1,469 miles from Colorado to Arkansas, and it goes past a great many cities and towns. Its convergence may seem significant at the Keeper of the Plains, but the Ark River has countless forks and branches and it belongs to a multitude of communities. We don’t think of it that way, most of us. It just looks like it’s our river, and nothing so very special. But its waters originate up in the mountains, not far from Breckenridge, and they eventually wend their way to the grand Mississippi River, and later, the Gulf of Mexico. It can feel like what’s here isn’t tied to anything else. The past is so remote, and the future isn’t for us anyway. By the by, it is easy to wax philosophical when sitting beside a river…

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