Once Upon a Domino: This Because of That

Cause-and-effect is a fascinating process. No cause results in a single effect, and no effect results from a single cause, of course, but we can certainly identify individual dominos after they have fallen. For example, an earlier cause (let’s call it “domino 1”) led to the following four effects:

Because of domino 1, visitors to Inspiration Point have this view across the water to the naval air station and Lockheed Martin.

Because of domino 1, in 1969 a well-known local cryptid had a place to hang his . . . whatever cryptids hang.

Because of domino 1, northwest of town in 1940 these seaplanes floated like ducks on a pond. According to Don Pyeatt and Dennis Jenkins, Consolidated Aircraft was ferrying the planes from San Diego to England and needed a stopover in midcontinent. (Photo from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.)

Because of domino 1, entrepreneurs had a shoreline on which to build Casino Beach amusement park in 1927.

The preceding four effects resulted from a cause that occurred in 1913:

In 1913 the city of Fort Worth built Lake Worth. But was that cause—the building of Lake Worth—domino 1? No. There was a still-earlier domino:

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