It’s the summer of 1971, on Highway 34, southwest Iowa. Some big digger, a lumbering monster doing the dirt work for road construction--maybe they were going to widen the highway—chewed up ground as such monsters do so well. But it stopped, politely, at the graves of 28 people it found in the way.
You can’t just go charging through. Some kind of recovery had to be done.
One of the men running the show, a man named John Pearson, came home that night after work with the news.