Twin Rivers Drive, Keokuk, Iowa—October 2017

40° 23’ 13”N 91° 25’ 55”W

Elevation 480 feet

At sunset, the Summoning Clouds cairn stands in the mud of this junkyard on Twin Rivers Drive that smells of gasoline, oil, antifreeze, and rot. The collection of trashed cars and appliances is located fewer than 500 feet from the Des Moines River and less than a mile from the place where that river flows into the Mississippi River. Fifty million people get their drinking water from this river system. Should we care that it may be contaminated?