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Billy Joe Fudge seeing what others don't see

By Ben Arnold

I want to share this story of Billy Joe Fudge's insight. Driving around the Chance community recently, we reached BJ's boyhood home. As fate would find BJ, a unique point on our little blue sphere, the Earth sets atop of Billy Joe's home place, right at the point where the roof divides into two distinct watersheds! BJ calls it a 'continental divide' in his unique way of speaking. Here is BJ's story as I recorded a few days ago:

Note: A 'divide' is the boundary separating areas that are drained to different river systems. The water flowing on one side of a divide empties into one body of water, while water flowing on the other side empties into another. There are three major types of divides: continental divides, major divides, and minor divides. A divide that separates different watersheds of a continent is called a continental divide. A minor divide separates rivers that will later converge or form a confluence.

It might be intriguing to ponder just how many roof tops (divides) we might have here in Adair County? I suspect not any? BJ's roof top is quite remarkable and maybe only he would have looked directly enough to see this unique spot.

This story was posted on 2023-07-05 09:31:53
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