When you go to new places, have you ever wondered what was there before? Take some large US cities, like New York City, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Francisco, do you know what was there before there was a city built on that land?
No, I am not going to talk about those cities, I just listed them to make a point that most of us have no idea what was there before they were settled. I would guess that most of them were wilderness areas inhabited by Native Americans and/or abundant wild life, but I don't know for sure.
Have any of you heard of Times Beach, Missouri? No, well I haven't either and guess what, it does not exist anymore. So, where did it go? Well, let me start from the beginning of the end to this town. It all started when the unpaved roads through the town caused a lot of dust so the city, who couldn't afford to pay a lot of money, they found Russell Bliss, a waste hauler, just six cents per gallon to spray its roads with oil. So far no problem, right? Wrong!! The waste oil that he sprayed was actually hexachlorophene tainted with dioxin. Dioxin is very dangerous poison that can remain in your body for more than ten years. He mixed six truckloads of waste that he had gotten free the year before and was supposed to safely dispose of since it was tainted with dioxin.
The children of Times Beach loved to slide around in Bliss' purple-tinted goo. Soon people started getting sick and in 1979, the EPA came to town and took soil samples and found that the dioxin was off the charts. To make a long story a little shorter, they bulldozed the town and then in 1999, that bulldozed town was reopened as Route 66 State Park.
So, what was there before the State or National Park you are viting was built on that site? Just wondering. Now, you all have a great day, you hear?