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Eric Bergeson

Down on the Farm -- prairie prosperity

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On Memorial Day, it is difficult to imagine that for every one of the lonely cemeteries that dot our countryside, there once was a church.


Where now there are huge farms of 5,000-15,000 acres, there were once scores of farmsteads, populated with huge families, each one carving out a living off of 160 acres, sometimes less.

Drawn by propaganda that trumpeted the Upper Great Plains as the land flowing with milk and honey, poor immigrants flooded the prairie from 1885-1915.

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