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Pioneering in North Dakota

Western Road Trip

Skipping northward today, we take a look at some Western history.  When you travel in the Western United States, you are surrounded by history–not the centuries-old art and buildings that surround you in Europe, but the more recent history of settler’s trails, ghost towns, and mine camps.


Destination: North Dakota

Book: Dakota, or What’s a Heaven For (November 2010)by Brenda Marshall

North Dakota Railroad Tracks
North Dakota Railroad Tracks

This is a big book with a big story to tell.  Although I have read a lot of western history, I had no idea of the way that the Dakotas (at the time of the novel one territory rather than North and South) were settled.  The story of Dakota, Or What’s a Heaven For sweeps you along by focusing in on the individual story of one fascinating woman and her relationships.  Because Frances’ father-in-law is involved with the railroads, a critical component in the settling of the territory, and her husband is in journalism, the family is very well-off and Frances comes into contact with people of all layers of society.  This enables Brenda Marshall to cover the areas of politics, economics, transportation, agriculture, and all the other components of history in the form of  stories rather than dry facts and statistics. Continue reading Pioneering in North Dakota

Road Trip Heads for North Dakota

A Great American Road Trip

Bulletin: Here’s a fabulous mural for North Dakota, created by James Rosenquist for the Plains Museum.

North Dakota Pioneer statue in front of the North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck, the state's tallest building at 17 stories.

Destination: North Dakota

Movie: Fargo (1996) Produced by the Coen Brothers

A GUEST POST by Sam Lowe

Author of Mysteries and Legends of Arizona: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained (Mysteries and Legends Series)

KENSAL, N.D. — I return here once in a while even though it no longer looks like the place where I spent my youth. For example, Garfield Johnson’s Tavern is gone. My brothers and I devoted many of our pre-teen hours devising schemes that would fool Garfield into thinking we were weathered old farmers so he’d sell us a beer. Continue reading Road Trip Heads for North Dakota