Book Review: Overlook
This “believe-it-or-not” volume ends with the CLUI’s Federaland interpretive district in Wendover, Utah. Located where the ranching and mining activities of northeastern Nevada merge with the proving grounds and practice ranges of northwestern Utah, the community divides the very conservative Mormon state of Utah from the 24/7 liquor, gambling, and legal prostitution available in Nevada. A former railroad town and an airfield now reduced to a cluster of trailers occupy the Utah side of Wendover, while West Wendover in Nevada, which has five casinos that employs 80 percent of the population, describes itself as “On the Edge.”
The buildings have the utilitarian character of many of those in the military and industrial complexes described in the book. Photographs and self-guided tour materials for the surrounding area and the broader Great Basin area can be seen and used in the exhibit halls.
The Center houses the Wendover Residence Program, which welcomes people from all over the world who want to inhabit, investigate, and learn to interpret the environment. Thus the Center is both a destination and a point of departure from which to search for those overlooks that furnish a wider view.