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In Palestine, now Israel, Poage observed irrigation techniques that he had never seen before. As he writes in his travel diary, “I have never seen such terracing, not even in China. Every hillside, no matter how rocky, was terraced, but there is little productive land even on the terraces.” His tour took him through Jerusalem, which he described as “surprisingly modern,” Bethlehem, Jericho, and the course of the Biblical Wise Men. Of the field where Ruth supposedly plowed the wheat, he writes, “Very rocky. I don’t see how wheat grew there.”

Poage, in 1972, observed that Khartoum — the capital of Sudan — was mostly mud huts with a few impressive buildings. The two branches of the Nile came together there, dividing it into three cities. He wrote that the bed of the river was planted with beans and peas as quickly as the water receded. In Bahrain, Poage was received by the Sheikh, who met them in the yard and spoke with them in his audience room. Poage writes that the man was a “very human sort of fellow” who assured them of his populist leanings despite being an absolute monarch. He was also very impressed with the alfalfa production of Oman and described Qatar as “a complete desert.”

(Click on the images below to view detailed records for each item in the Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections.)

Congressman Poage shakes hands with an unidentified man in Beirut [undated]

Log of Inter-Parliamentary Union Trip, 1951

Congressman Poage with a group of visitors at a site in Iran [undated]

Schedule for Visit by American Congressmen November 26-27, 1972

Congressman Poage and a group of people in front of Persian ruins in Iran [undated]

Congressman Poage meets with dignitaries in Yemen. [Undated]

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