Tag Archives: Great Plains

Little (and big) towns on the prairie


North America’s magnificent Great Plains and prairie region generally extends westward from Central Ohio to the Rocky Mountains and southward from boreal Canada through Texas to the Rio Grande Valley.  This is one of my favorite natural ecosystems due to … Continue reading

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Unofficial guide to hipsterhoods of Texas and the Great Plains


With the exception of Texas, much of the Great Plains is often overlooked by the national media when citing hipster-cool city neighborhoods and districts. Similar to the Rust Belt, what is actually considered Great Plains is somewhat fluid, depending on whom you ask. For … Continue reading

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“It was like three midnights in a jug”


The memorable quote used for the title of this post came from a survivor of the Dust Bowl. Also referred to as the Dirty Thirties, this decade meant great economic and social hardship for many residents of the United States, but … Continue reading

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“Timepiece of the heartland”


A poem I wrote in 1996 about one visual, but disappearing aspect of the Great Plains – the farm windmills. Timepiece of the Heartland Time is an abstract wonder Both cyclical and seasonal But in our nation’s heartland It’s measured … Continue reading

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Pondering and wandering the Great Plains


The Great Plains have long fascinated me, though I am not exactly sure why. Somehow that vast, semi-arid stretch of mostly flat land intrigues me in a mystifying way. Places with legendary names like Cheyenne, Dodge City, Pecos, Scottsbluff, Deadwood, Abilene (Kansas … Continue reading

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