The Last American Highway

The Last American Highway

A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83. Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma

Book - 2015
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Descending 1,885 miles straight down the center of the United States from Westhope, North Dakota, to Brownsville, Texas, is U.S. 83, one of the oldest and longest of the federal highways that hasn't been replaced by an Interstate. Author Stew Magnuson takes readers on a trip through the Nebraska Sand Hills, the Smoky River Valley in Kansas, and the singular Oklahoma Panhandle. Along the route are the stories of the famous, the infamous, and the forgotten. Buffalo Bill Cody hunted these lands, but what about Buffalo Jones, who set out to save the American bison from extinction? This is where the ruthless, but now largely forgotten bank robbers, the Fleagles committed their most heinous crime; where the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia met George Armstrong Custer, and Pussy Cat Nell dispatched the corrupt Sheriff "Brushy" Bush with a shotgun blast. What ties together President Eisenhower, the architect Frank Lloyd Wright and author Truman Capote? Highway 83, of course.
Publisher: Arlington, Virginia :, Court Bridge Publishing,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781505586497
Branch Call Number: 917.804 Magnuson 2015
Characteristics: x, 236 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma


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Sep 10, 2017

Well written, with a few editing errors. Many of the stories in this collection would be available only here. A must-read for anyone interested in localized Nebraska history. (I read Volume 2 which covers Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.) I hope the library acquires the other two volumes.


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