28 May 2008

The Wind at Mt. Carmel

Walking Mt. Carmel 250 The Wind at Mt. Carmel

I don’t know why I had to go there, but I had to go there. I had to see Mt. Carmel, the site of the Branch Davidian compound where 80 or more people died in a botched raid by the ATF and FBI. We were traveling down to Austin to visit my mother and our route took us through Waco. Mt. Carmel isn’t actually in Waco; it’s a few miles to the east of town. There are no signs which might direct tourists to the place. You have to know where you’re going. I’m sure the town of Waco would be more than happy to forget that Mt. Carmel ever existed, and to escape the linkage of their town’s name with tragedy. It won’t happen anytime soon.

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maud said...

Beautifully written. thank you.

Hillbilly said...

Indeed. Vivid imagery, and wonderful personal prose.

( I am forced to remember these two tragedies each year on my birthday.)

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