Amazing Storm Video

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Watching this film, much of it complied from video shot by Nicholaus Wegner (and the screenshot), I began to wonder about settlers and travelers who were going across the vast great American frontier, by wagon.  Thanks to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, we are almost automatically inclined to see anything around Devil’s Tower as alien.  But,  what about the pioneers?  They couldn’t get in a car or truck and out run such a storm.  There was no shelter, just miles and miles of miles and miles.  How did they handle such things?  Will we ever know how many did not survive?  When one considers that, along parts of the Santa Fe Trail, the wagon ruts are still visible, even today, the number of settlers is staggering.  They traveled in the spring and summer.  What was their life like, trying to outrun or weather such storms? What about the Mormon pioneers literally walking west?  What did they do?

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