Palaces on the Prairie takes you on a journey through the past to experience the hope, struggle, victory and sometimes defeat of Midwestern communities - large and small - as they fought to survive difficult times during the late 1800s and early 1900s. One of the fascinating ways community leaders went about the daunting task of promoting themselves was to construct palaces - some gigantic, others more modest - decorated with the grains or minerals that would best promote the businesses and products of their region.
This book tells the story behind 34 of those palaces built in 24 towns and cities throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri and Texas.
The author Rod Evans holds degrees from Northern State and South Dakota State University and lives in Aberdeen, S.D. He's a Speaker's Bureau Scholar and One Book South Dakota discussion leader for the South Dakota Humanities Council, as well as an award-winning playwright.
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