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The GREAT PLAINS is the broad expanse of flat land (a plain ), much of it covered in prairie , steppe and grassland , that lies west of the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
tallgrass prairie states and east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States
United States
and Canada. This area covers the entirety of the states of Kansas
Kansas
, Nebraska
Nebraska
, South Dakota and North Dakota and parts of the states of Colorado
Colorado
, Montana
Montana
, New Mexico
New Mexico
, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
, Texas
Texas
, Wyoming
Wyoming
and reaches into the southern portions of the Canadian provinces of Alberta
Alberta
, Manitoba
Manitoba
and Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan
. The region is known for supporting extensive cattle ranching and dry farming.

The Canadian portion of the Plains is known as the Prairies . It covers much of Alberta
Alberta
and southern Saskatchewan, and a narrow band of southern Manitoba. Despite covering a relatively small geographic area, the Prairies are nevertheless home to the majority of all three provinces' populations.

CONTENTS

* 1 Usage * 2 Extent * 3 Geography * 4 Paleontology
Paleontology
* 5 Climate * 6 Flora

* 7 History

* 7.1 Original American contact * 7.2 European contact

* 7.3 Early European settlements on the Great Plains
Great Plains

* 7.3.1 French * 7.3.2 British * 7.3.3 American

* 7.4 Pioneer settlement * 7.5 Social life

* 7.6 After 19th century

* 7.6.1 Population decline
Population decline

* 8 Wind power
Wind power

* 9 See also

* 9.1 International steppe-lands

* 10 References * 11 Further reading * 12 External links

USAGE

The term "Great Plains" is used in the United States
United States
to describe a sub-section of the even more vast Interior Plains physiographic division, which covers much of the interior of North America. It also has currency as a region of human geography, referring to the Plains Indians or the Plains States.

In Canada
Canada
the term is little used; Natural Resources Canada
Canada
, the government department responsible for official mapping and equivalent to the United States
United States
Geological Survey , treats the Interior Plains as one unit consisting of several related plateaux and plains. There is no region referred to as the "Great Plains" in The Atlas of Canada
Canada
. In terms of human geography, the term prairie is more commonly used in Canada, and the region is known as the Prairie Provinces or simply "the Prairies."

The North American Environmental Atlas , produced by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation , a NAFTA agency composed of the geographical agencies of the Mexican, American, and Canadian governments, uses the "Great Plains" as an ecoregion synonymous with predominant prairies and grasslands rather than as physiographic region defined by topography. The Great Plains
Great Plains
ecoregion includes five sub-regions: Temperate Prairies, West-Central Semi-Arid Prairies, South-Central Semi-Arid Prairies, Texas
Texas
Louisiana Coastal Plains, and Tamaulipus- Texas
Texas
Semi-Arid Plain, which overlap or expand upon other Great Plains
Great Plains
designations.

EXTENT

Ecoregions of the Great Plains
Great Plains
The Great Plains
Great Plains
before the native grasses were ploughed under, Haskell County, Kansas
Kansas
, 1897, showing a man sitting behind a buffalo wallow .

The region is about 500 mi (800 km) east to west and 2,000 mi (3,200 km) north to south. Much of the region was home to American bison herds until they were hunted to near extinction during the mid/late 19th century. It has an area of approximately 500,000 sq mi (1,300,000 km2). Current thinking regarding the geographic boundaries of the Great Plains
Great Plains
is shown by this map at the Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
.

The term "Great Plains", for the region west of about the 96th or 98th meridian and east of the Rocky Mountains, was not generally used before the early 20th century. Nevin Fenneman's 1916 study, Physiographic Subdivision of the United States, brought the term Great Plains
Great Plains
into more widespread usage. Before that the region was almost invariably called the High Plains, in contrast to the lower Prairie Plains of the Midwestern states . Today the term "High Plains " is used for a subregion of the Great Plains.

GEOGRAPHY

The Great Plains
Great Plains
are the westernmost portion of the vast North American Interior Plains , which extend east to the Appalachian Plateau . The United States
United States
Geological Survey divides the Great Plains in the United States
United States
into ten physiographic subdivisions:

* Coteau du Missouri or Missouri Plateau, glaciated – east-central South Dakota, northern and eastern North Dakota and northeastern Montana; * Coteau du Missouri, unglaciated – western South Dakota, northeastern Wyoming, southwestern North Dakota and southeastern Montana; * Black Hills
Black Hills
– western South Dakota; * High Plains – southeastern Wyoming, southwestern South Dakota, western Nebraska
Nebraska
(including the Sand Hills ), eastern Colorado, western Kansas, western Oklahoma, eastern New Mexico
New Mexico
, and northwestern Texas
Texas
(including the Llano Estacado
Llano Estacado
and Texas
Texas
Panhandle ); * Plains Border – central Kansas
Kansas
and northern Oklahoma
Oklahoma
(including the Flint , Red and Smoky Hills ); * Colorado
Colorado
Piedmont – eastern Colorado; * Raton section – northeastern New Mexico; * Pecos Valley – eastern New Mexico; * Edwards Plateau
Edwards Plateau
– south-central Texas; and * Central Texas
Texas
section – central Texas.

PALEONTOLOGY

During the Cretaceous
Cretaceous
Period (145–66 million years ago), the Great Plains were covered by a shallow inland sea called the Western Interior Seaway . However, during the Late Cretaceous
Cretaceous
to the Paleocene (65–55 million years ago), the seaway had begun to recede, leaving behind thick marine deposits and a relatively flat terrain which the seaway had once occupied.

During the Cenozoic era, specifically about 25 million years ago during the Miocene
Miocene
and Pliocene
Pliocene
epochs, the continental climate became favorable to the evolution of grasslands. Existing forest biomes declined and grasslands became much more widespread. The grasslands provided a new niche for mammals, including many ungulates and glires , that switched from browsing diets to grazing diets. Traditionally, the spread of grasslands and the development of grazers have been strongly linked. However, an examination of mammalian teeth suggests that it is the open, gritty habitat and not the grass itself which is linked to diet changes in mammals, giving rise to the "grit, not grass" hypothesis.

Paleontological finds in the area have yielded bones of mammoths , saber-toothed cats and other ancient animals, as well as dozens of other megafauna (large animals over 100 lb ) – such as giant sloths , horses , mastodons , and American lion – that dominated the area of the ancient Great Plains
Great Plains
for thousands to millions of years. The vast majority of these animals became extinct in North America
North America
at the end of the Pleistocene
Pleistocene
(around 13,000 years ago).

CLIMATE

Bison at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Oklahoma
Oklahoma
A glimpse of the southern Great Plains
Great Plains
in southern Oklahoma
Oklahoma
north of Burkburnett , Texas
Texas

In general, the Great Plains
Great Plains
have a wide variety of weather through the year, with very cold and harsh winters and very hot and humid summers. Wind speeds are often very high, especially in winter. Grasslands are among the least protected biomes. Humans have converted much of the prairies for agricultural purposes or to create pastures. The Great Plains
Great Plains
have dust storms mostly every year or so.

The 100th meridian roughly corresponds with the line that divides the Great Plains
Great Plains
into an area that receive 20 in (510 mm) or more of rainfall per year and an area that receives less than 20 in (510 mm). In this context, the High Plains, as well as Southern Alberta
Alberta
, south-western Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan
and Eastern Montana
Montana
are mainly semi arid steppe land and are generally characterised by rangeland or marginal farmland . The region (especially the High Plains) is periodically subjected to extended periods of drought ; high winds in the region may then generate devastating dust storms . The eastern Great Plains near the eastern boundary falls in the humid subtropical climate zone in the southern areas, and the northern and central areas fall in the humid continental climate .

Many thunderstorms occur in the plains in the spring through summer. The southeastern portion of the Great Plains
Great Plains
is the most tornado active area in the world and is sometimes referred to as Tornado
Tornado
Alley .

FLORA

The Great Plains
Great Plains
are part of the floristic North American Prairies Province , which extends from the Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountains
to the Appalachians .

HISTORY

ORIGINAL AMERICAN CONTACT

Main article: Plains Indians
Plains Indians
See also: Paleo-Indians Buffalo hunt under the wolf-skin mask, 1832–33.

The first Americans
Americans
( Paleo-Indians ) who arrived to the Great Plains were successive indigenous cultures who are known to have inhabited the Great Plains
Great Plains
for thousands of years, over 15,000 years ago. Humans entered the North American continent in waves of migration, mostly over Beringia , the Bering Straits land bridge .

Historically the Great Plains
Great Plains
were the range of the bison and of the culture of the Plains Indians
Plains Indians
, whose tribes included the Blackfoot , Crow , Sioux
Sioux
, Cheyenne
Cheyenne
, Arapaho , Comanche , and others. Eastern portions of the Great Plains
Great Plains
were inhabited by tribes who lived in semi-permanent villages of earth lodges , such as the Arikara , Mandan , Pawnee and Wichita .

EUROPEAN CONTACT

Great Plains
Great Plains
in North Dakota c. 2007, where communities began settling in the 1870s.

With the arrival of Francisco Vázquez de Coronado , a Spanish conquistador , the first recorded history of encounter between Europeans and Native Americans
Americans
in the Great Plains
Great Plains
occurred in Texas, Kansas
Kansas
and Nebraska
Nebraska
from 1540 to 1542. In that same time period, Hernando de Soto
Hernando de Soto
crossed a west-northwest direction in what is now Oklahoma
Oklahoma
and Texas. Today this is known as the De Soto Trail. The Spanish thought the Great Plains
Great Plains
were the location of the mythological Quivira
Quivira
and Cíbola , a place said to be rich in gold.

Over the next one hundred years, founding of the fur trade brought thousands of ethnic Europeans into the Great Plains. Fur trappers from France, Spain, Britain, Russia and the young United States
United States
made their way across much of the region, making regular contacts with Native Americans. After the United States
United States
acquired the Louisiana Purchase
Louisiana Purchase
in 1803 and conducted the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Lewis and Clark Expedition
in 1804–1806, more information about the Plains became available and various pioneers entered the areas.

Manuel Lisa , based in St. Louis , established a major fur trading site at his Fort Lisa on the Missouri River in Nebraska. Fur trading posts were often the basis of later settlements. Through the 19th century, more European Americans
Americans
and Europeans migrated to the Great Plains as part of a vast westward expansion of population. New settlements became dotted across the Great Plains.

The new immigrants also brought diseases against which the Native Americans
Americans
had no resistance. Between a half and two-thirds of the Plains Indians
Plains Indians
are thought to have died of smallpox by the time of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase
Louisiana Purchase
.

EARLY EUROPEAN SETTLEMENTS ON THE GREAT PLAINS

French

Further information: List of French forts in North America
North America

British

Further information: List of Hudson\'s Bay Company trading posts

American

Homesteaders in central Nebraska
Nebraska
in 1886 Wheat
Wheat
field on Dutch flats near Mitchell, Nebraska
Nebraska

* Fort Lisa (1809), North Dakota * Fort Lisa (1812), Nebraska * Fontenelle\'s Post (1822), Nebraska * Cabanne\'s Trading Post (1822), Nebraska

PIONEER SETTLEMENT

After 1870, the new railroads across the Plains brought hunters who killed off almost all the bison for their hides. The railroads offered attractive packages of land and transportation to European farmers, who rushed to settle the land. They (and Americans
Americans
as well) also took advantage of the homestead laws to obtain free farms. Land speculators and local boosters identified many potential towns, and those reached by the railroad had a chance, while the others became ghost towns. In Kansas, for example, nearly 5000 towns were mapped out, but by 1970 only 617 were actually operating. In the mid-20th century, closeness to an interstate exchange determined whether a town would flourish or struggle for business.

Much of the Great Plains
Great Plains
became open range , or rangeland where cattle roamed free, hosting ranching operations where anyone was theoretically free to run cattle. In the spring and fall, ranchers held roundups where their cowboys branded new calves, treated animals and sorted the cattle for sale. Such ranching began in Texas
Texas
and gradually moved northward. Between 1866 and 1895, cowboys herded 10 million cattle north to rail heads such as Dodge City, Kansas
Kansas
and Ogallala, Nebraska
Nebraska
; from there, cattle were shipped eastward. See also: Cattle
Cattle
drives in the United States
United States
Cattle
Cattle
herd and cowboy, circa 1902

Many foreign investors, especially British, financed the great ranches of the era. Overstocking of the range and the terrible winter of 1886 resulted in a disaster, with many cattle starved and frozen to death. Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
, a rancher in the Dakotas, lost his entire investment; he returned east to reenter politics. From then on, ranchers generally raised feed to ensure they could keep their cattle alive over winter.

To allow for agricultural development of the Great Plains
Great Plains
and house a growing population, the US passed the Homestead Acts
Homestead Acts
of 1862: it allowed a settler to claim up to 160 acres (65 ha) of land, provided that he lived on it for a period of five years and cultivated it. The provisions were expanded under the Kinkaid Act
Kinkaid Act
of 1904 to include a homestead of an entire section . Hundreds of thousands of people claimed such homesteads, sometimes building sod houses out of the very turf of their land. Many of them were not skilled dryland farmers and failures were frequent. Much of the Plains were settled during relatively wet years. Government experts did not understand how farmers should cultivate the prairies and gave advice counter to what would have worked. Germans from Russia who had previously farmed, under similar circumstances, in what is now Ukraine
Ukraine
were marginally more successful than other homesteaders. The Dominion Lands Act
Dominion Lands Act
of 1871 served a similar function for establishing homesteads on the prairies in Canada.

SOCIAL LIFE

Grange in session, 1873

The railroads opened up the Great Plains
Great Plains
for settlement, for now it was possible to ship wheat and other crops at low cost to the urban markets in the East, and Europe. Homestead land was free for American settlers. Railroads sold their land at cheap rates to immigrants in expectation they would generate traffic as soon as farms were established. Immigrants poured in, especially from Germany and Scandinavia. On the plains, very few single men attempted to operate a farm or ranch by themselves; they clearly understood the need for a hard-working wife, and numerous children, to handle the many chores, including child-rearing, feeding and clothing the family, managing the housework, feeding the hired hands, and, especially after the 1930s, handling paperwork and financial details. During the early years of settlement, farm women played an integral role in assuring family survival by working outdoors. After approximately one generation, women increasingly left the fields, thus redefining their roles within the family. New technology including sewing and washing machines encouraged women to turn to domestic roles. The scientific housekeeping movement, promoted across the land by the media and government extension agents, as well as county fairs which featured achievements in home cookery and canning, advice columns for women regarding farm bookkeeping, and home economics courses in the schools.

Although the eastern image of farm life in the prairies emphasized the isolation of the lonely farmer and wife, plains residents created busy social lives for themselves. They often sponsored activities that combined work, food and entertainment such as barn raisings , corn huskings, quilting bees, Grange meetings, church activities and school functions. Women organized shared meals and potluck events, as well as extended visits between families. The Grange was a nationwide farmers' organization, they reserved high offices for women, and gave them a voice in public affairs.

AFTER 19TH CENTURY

Withdrawal rates from the Ogallala Aquifer
Ogallala Aquifer
.

The region roughly centered on the Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Panhandle , including southeastern Colorado, southwestern Kansas, the Texas
Texas
Panhandle , and extreme northeastern New Mexico
New Mexico
was known as the Dust Bowl
Dust Bowl
during the late 1920s and early 1930s. The effect of an extended drought, inappropriate cultivation, and financial crises of the Great Depression , forced many farmers off the land throughout the Great Plains.

From the 1950s on, many areas of the Great Plains
Great Plains
have become productive crop-growing areas because of extensive irrigation on large landholdings. The United States
United States
is a major exporter of agricultural products. The southern portion of the Great Plains
Great Plains
lies over the Ogallala Aquifer
Ogallala Aquifer
, a huge underground layer of water-bearing strata dating from the last ice age . Center pivot irrigation is used extensively in drier sections of the Great Plains, resulting in aquifer depletion at a rate that is greater than the ground's ability to recharge.

Population Decline

Main article: Depopulation of the Great Plains

The rural Plains have lost a third of their population since 1920. Several hundred thousand square miles of the Great Plains
Great Plains
have fewer than 6 inhabitants per square mile (2.3 inhabitants per square kilometer)—the density standard Frederick Jackson Turner used to declare the American frontier "closed" in 1893. Many have fewer than 2 inhabitants per square mile (0.77 inhabitants per square kilometer). There are more than 6,000 ghost towns in the state of Kansas
Kansas
alone, according to Kansas
Kansas
historian Daniel Fitzgerald . This problem is often exacerbated by the consolidation of farms and the difficulty of attracting modern industry to the region. In addition, the smaller school-age population has forced the consolidation of school districts and the closure of high schools in some communities. The continuing population loss has led some to suggest that the current use of the drier parts of the Great Plains
Great Plains
is not sustainable, and there has been a proposal – the " Buffalo Commons " – to return approximately 139,000 sq mi (360,000 km2) of these drier parts to native prairie land.

WIND POWER

Wind farm in the plains of West Texas
Texas

The Great Plains
Great Plains
contribute substantially to wind power in the United States . In July 2008, oilman turned wind-farm developer T. Boone Pickens called for the U.S. to invest $ 1 trillion to build an additional 200,000 MW of wind power nameplate capacity in the Plains, as part of his Pickens Plan . Pickens cited Sweetwater, Texas
Texas
as an example of economic revitalization driven by wind power development.

Sweetwater was a struggling town typical of the Plains, steadily losing businesses and population, until wind turbines came to the surrounding Nolan County . Wind power
Wind power
brought jobs to local residents, along with royalty payments to landowners who leased sites for turbines, reversing the town's population decline . Pickens claims the same economic benefits are possible throughout the Plains, which he refers to as North America's "wind corridor."

SEE ALSO

* Geography of Canada
Canada
portal

* 1837 Great Plains smallpox epidemic * Bison hunting * Llano Estacado
Llano Estacado
* Great American Desert
Great American Desert
* Great bison belt * Great Plains Art Museum * Great Plains Conservation Program * Northern Great Plains History Conference * Territories of the United States
United States
on stamps * Dust Bowl
Dust Bowl

INTERNATIONAL STEPPE-LANDS

* Eurasian Steppe * Kazakh Steppe * Pampas , Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil * Pontic-Caspian steppe * Puszta

REFERENCES

* ^ A B Wishart, David. 2004. The Great Plains
Great Plains
Region, In: Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, pp. xiii-xviii. ISBN 0-8032-4787-7 * ^ Atlas.nrcan.gc.ca * ^ CEC.org * ^ "About the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL)". * ^ Fenneman, Nevin M. (January 1917). "Physiographic Subdivision of the United States" . Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States
United States
of America . 3 (1): 17–22. OCLC 43473694 . PMC 1091163  . PMID 16586678 . doi :10.1073/pnas.3.1.17 . access-date= requires url= (help ) * ^ Brown, Ralph Hall (1948). Historical Geography of the United States. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co. pp. 373–374. OCLC
OCLC
186331193 . * ^ Phillip E. Jardine, Christine M. Janis, Sarda Sahney, Michael J. Benton. "Grit not grass: Concordant patterns of early origin of hypsodonty in Great Plains
Great Plains
ungulates and Glires." Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. December 2012:365–366, 1–10 * ^ "Ice Age Animals". Illinois State Museum. * ^ "A Plan For Reintroducing Megafauna To North America". ScienceDaily. October 2, 2006. * ^ Threats Assessment for the Northern Great Plains
Great Plains
Ecoregion * ^ "First Americans
Americans
arrived 2500 years before we thought – life – 24 March 2011". New Scientist. Retrieved 2014-02-12. * ^ Hanna, Bill (2010-08-28). " Texas
Texas
artifacts \'strongest evidence yet\' that humans arrived in North America
North America
earlier than thought". Star-telegram.com. Retrieved 2014-02-12. * ^ Rees, Amanda (2004). The Great Plains
Great Plains
region. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 18. ISBN 0-313-32733-5 . Retrieved 2009-09-04. * ^ "Emerging Infections: Microbial Threats to Health in the United States (1992)". Institute of Medicine (IOM) . * ^ Raymond A. Mohl, The New City: Urban America in the Industrial Age, 1860–1920 (1985) p. 69 * ^ Robert R. Dykstra, Cattle
Cattle
Towns: A Social History of the Kansas Cattle
Cattle
Trading Centers (1968) * ^ John Rossel, "The Chisholm Trail," Kansas
Kansas
Historical Quarterly (1936) Vol. 5, No. 1 pp 3–14 online edition * ^ Ian Frazier, Great Plains
Great Plains
(2001) p. 72 * ^ Deborah Fink, Agrarian Women: Wives and Mothers in Rural Nebraska, 1880–1940 (1992). * ^ Chad Montrie, "'Men Alone Cannot Settle a Country:' Domesticating Nature in the Kansas- Nebraska
Nebraska
Grasslands", Great Plains Quarterly, Fall 2005, Vol. 25 Issue 4, pp. 245–258. Online * ^ Karl Ronning, "Quilting in Webster County, Nebraska, 1880–1920", Uncoverings, 1992, Vol. 13, pp. 169–191. * ^ Nathan B. Sanderson, "More Than a Potluck", Nebraska
Nebraska
History, Fall 2008, Vol. 89 Issue 3, pp. 120–131. * ^ Donald B. Marti, Women of the Grange: Mutuality and Sisterhood in Rural America, 1866–1920 (1991) * ^ Bobby A. Stewart and Terry A. Howell, Encyclopedia of water science (2003) p. 43 * ^ Amanda Rees, The Great Plains
Great Plains
region (2004) p. xvi * ^ "Legendary Texas
Texas
oilman embraces wind power". Star Tribune . 2008-07-25. Archived from the original on 2008-07-27. Retrieved 2008-08-24. * ^ Fahey, Anna (2008-07-09). " Texas
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Oil Man Says We Can Break the Addiction". Sightline Daily. Retrieved 2008-08-24. * ^ " T. Boone Pickens
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Places $2 Billion Order for GE Wind Turbines". Wind Today Magazine. 2008-05-16. Archived from the original on 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2008-08-24. * ^ Block, Ben (2008-07-24). "In Windy West Texas, An Economic Boom". Retrieved 2008-11-05.

FURTHER READING

* Bonnifield, Paul. The Dust Bowl: Men, Dirt, and Depression, University of New Mexico
New Mexico
Press , Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1978, hardcover, ISBN 0-8263-0485-0 . * Courtwright, Julie. Prairie Fire: A Great Plains
Great Plains
History (University Press of Kansas, 2011) 274 pp. * Danbom, David B. Sod
Sod
Busting: How families made farms on the 19th-century Plains (2014) * Eagan, Timothy. The Worst Hard Time : the Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006. * Forsberg, Michael , Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild, University of Chicago Press
University of Chicago Press
, Chicago, Illinois, 2009, ISBN 978-0-226-25725-9 * Gilfillan, Merrill. Chokecherry Places, Essays from the High Plains, Johnson Press, Boulder, Colorado, trade paperback, ISBN 1-55566-227-7 . * Grant, Michael Johnston. Down and Out on the Family Farm: Rural Rehabilitation in the Great Plains, 1929–1945, University of Nebraska
Nebraska
Press , 2002, ISBN 0-8032-7105-0 * Hurt, R. Douglas. The Big Empty: The Great Plains
Great Plains
in the Twentieth Century (University of Arizona Press; 2011) 315 pages; the environmental, social, economic, and political history of the region. * Hurt, R. Douglas. The Great Plains
Great Plains
during World War II. University of Nebraska
Nebraska
Press. 2008. Pp. xiii, 507. * Mills, David W. Cold War
Cold War
in a Cold Land: Fighting Communism on the Northern Plains (2015) Col War era; excerpt * Peirce, Neal R. The Great Plains
Great Plains
States of America: People, Politics, and Power in the Nine Great Plains
Great Plains
States (1973) * Raban, Jonathan. Bad Land: An American Romance. Vintage Departures, division of Vintage Books, New York, 1996. Winner of the National Book
Book
Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. * Rees, Amanda. The Great Plains
Great Plains
Region: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures (2004) * Stegner, Wallace. Wolf Willow, A history, a story, and a memory of the last plains frontier, Viking Compass Book, New York, 1966, trade paperback, ISBN 0-670-00197-X * Wishart, David J. ed. Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, University of Nebraska
Nebraska
Press, 2004, ISBN 0-8032-4787-7 . complete text online

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