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Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains


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In May 1995, with nothing but a backpack and a vague sense of disquiet, Patrick Dobson left his home and a steady if deadening job in Kansas City, Missouri. Over the next two and a half months he made his way to Helena, Montana, letting chance encounters guide him to a deeper sense of who he was and where he was going. His chronicle of this journey charts his experiences with the seldom-seen people of the small towns, the far-flung outposts, and the Great Plains that make up “our America.”
Beginning as a seeker, Dobson becomes a faithful recorder of other peoples search for contentment, introducing us to a firefighter with a farm at the end of the world, a fiery Christian conservative, a man sharing a van with a crowd of cats, a former circus carny whos found the secret to living life, and a homeless Native American offering a special and enduring gift. Ridden out of a hostile Kansas town, sniffed by bears, confronted by bison and  recalcitrant moose, Dobson cannot help but see how land, sky, weather, and a world of circumstances influence people. Against the majestic sweep of the open plains and endless horizon, his story is one of hope and desperation, richness and simplicity—a portrait of who we are in the heartland of America.

About the Author

Patrick Dobson is a freelance writer, former journalist, and working member of Ironworkers Local Union no. 10 in Kansas City, Missouri. He is pursuing his doctorate in U.S. environmental history and American literature at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Table of Contents

A leap into the prairie sea — I'm going to Helena, Montana : the Kansas cities — Don't worry, kid, you'll be all right : Lawrence, Topeka, Saint Marys, Wamego — It's the best you're gonna find here : Manhattan, Randolph, Marysville — You'll find everything you need there : Beatrice, Nebraska; Wilber — The Jims : Friend, Hastings, Hansen, Minden — It's better to try something and apologize later : Kearney, Lexington, Cozad, North Platte — Mostly, you go to the river and get drunk : North Platte — You're a damn fool if you spend all your time worrying about what you ain't got : Grand Island and Kimball — I want to meet people, not shoot them : Gering, Scottsbluff; Torrington, Wyoming — Life ain't easy, but it ain't always tough : Fort Laramie National Historic Site and Guernsey State Park — Probably wouldn'ta killed you, but it woulda hurt : Casper — People seldom seen by the rest of the world : Emigrant Gap, Independence Rock, Lander — If we wait long enough, white men'll go away : Riverton, Wind River Indian Reservation, Dubois — Now you know, and that's somethin' : Jackson — It's not all about you : Teton Village, Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park — Walk quietly in any direction : Yellowstone National Park — That'll get you anywhere you want to go : Livingston, Montana; Three Forks, Helena — You'll get to the other side : the Missouri River.

Product Details

A Journey into the Great Plains
University of Nebraska Press
Patrick Dobson
Dobson, Patrick
West (U.S.) Description and travel.
West (U.S.) Social life and customs.
United States - West - General
Personal Memoirs
United States - Midwest - West North Central (General)
Biography - General
Travel-US Western States
Americana-Great Plains
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Travel » Travel Writing » General

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