Sep. 12, 2020

Where does it grow?

Here we see sandhill amaranth in its new home. How did it get here? Why would a train drop it in this spot near Blissfield? What you can't see is the large grain elevator complex on both sides of the track. The trains don't run much anymore, but the amaranth could have been here for a long time. And speaking of trains, this is the route of the first one west of the Allegheny Mountains. It was started in 1832, intended to run from Port Lawrence, Michigan, to Kalamazoo. It made it to Adrian before funds ran dry. It was reportedly quite an adventure building through what was then the Great Black Swamp. Port Lawrence is now Toledo, Ohio, a very nice place to visit. But you can no longer take the train.