Chapter 01: Our Story & The Birth of DigiByte
“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
― Plato, The Republic
Our story and the story of DigiByte starts in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere: Arco, Idaho, population 1,016. Arco is one of the most remote cities in the continental United States. Other than offering a few gas stations, a famous diner (Pickle’s Place), the intersection between US Highways 20 and 26, and being the closest town to the lava flows of Craters of the Moon National Monument, and there isn’t a whole lot going on.
Arco was so remote that on July 17th, 1955, the United States government chose to test the first nuclear reactor in the highland desert near our hometown, making our little hamlet the first city in the world to be lit and powered by nuclear power. So yes, occasionally we still joke about glowing in the dark, and how the town’s abnormal environment eventually led to mutations and our superpowers. All jokes aside, Arco was a fascinating place to grow up, and well outside the norms of your typical American urban sprawl.
Both Andrew and I grew up in this tiny Idaho town. We think we first met each other around the age of three, and from that point forward, we experienced almost everything together. Scouting, sports, civil air patrol, academic studies, and everything else Arco had to offer before we graduated from Arco’s only high school (Butte County High) with around 30 some odd classmates in 2006. Looking back at old yearbooks (and bad senior class photos), we both mentioned each other as best friends in our high school yearbook our senior year. Afterward, we moved on to college and parted ways for a time...
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