Last American Highway

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Gazette

Washington, D.C. author Stew Magnuson's book, "The Last American Highway: A Journey through Time down U.S. Route 83, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma" is now available at the Museum of the High Plains, at 413 Norris Avenue in downtown McCook, Nebraska. Magnuson explained his "Highway 83 Chronicles" project -- three books exploring the highway from North Dakota to the Texas border -- at the museum on Sunday, April 12. In the book, on pages about McCook, Magnuson describes the coming of the railroad, wild weather disasters and the building of the house designed by famous architect Frank Floyd Wright. Across the border into Kansas, Magnuson struggles to make sense of bloody wars between settlers and Indians. He writes, "Oberlin today is one of the nicest small towns I will encounter on the trip down the center of the nation. Its main street has none of the boarded-up buildings I have found all along the road." Magnuson thoroughly enjoys all of Oberlin's establishments that sell antiques -- "junk," he calls it all lovingly. Stew's book is $20. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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