Visions

Posted by on Jan 12, 2011 under

“Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands.  But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny. ”       — Carl Schurz

In a land of unlimited horizons, bearings can sometimes be lost.  In 1885 Pelkim Aowf Barrows filed a claim on a piece of land a few miles northeast of Albion.  Here he built a  simple frame building complete with a partial upper story which could be seen for many miles across the featureless prairie.

At night Pelkim would light a lamp inside the lantern pictured here.  This light shined from his upper windows like a star to the seafarer.  It soon became known as “The Lighthouse” and served as a navigational guide for those traveling at night. 

None but the clairvoyant, of course, know what lies ahead, but guidance can still be found from those whose vision penetrates the uncertainty of tomorrow with depth and clarity.  In the spirit of Pelkim Barrows, who sought to make difficult navigation easier, a few examples have been collected here in the hopes they will offer guidance in traversing the ‘frontiers of tomorrow’…

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