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I picked up this book at a geography conference and quite enjoyed it as the research was good, it had good maps and statistics, and he used interview information to bring outabout lives of people in this misnamed area of the High Plains of western Kansas, eastern Colorado, and southwestern Nebraska The study looked at the settlement of this area, many who were lured into settling into this dry area with the misnamed Rainbelt label, during the second half of the 19th century but particularly during the last decade of the century He shows how in certain wet years settlement grew but when the dry years came, how quickly the area depopulated This is an interesting study of an ecological region of the Great Plains and he tells this story well through his writing, maps, statistics and using the voices of residents. (((Download))) ↜ The Last Days of the Rainbelt ⇨ Looking over the vast open plains of eastern Colorado, western Kansas, and southwestern Nebraska, where one can travel miles without seeing a town or even a house, it is hard to imagine the crowded landscape of the last decades of the nineteenth century In those days farmers, speculators, and town builders flooded the region, believing that rain would follow the plow and that the “Rainbelt” would become their agricultural Eden It took a mere decade for drought and economic turmoil to drive these dreaming thousands from the land, turning farmland back to rangeland and reducing settlements to ghost townsDavid J Wishart’s The Last Days of the Rainbelt is the sobering tale of the rapid rise and decline of the settlement of the western Great Plains History finds its voice in interviews with elderly residents of the region by Civil Works Administration employees inandEvidence similarly emerges from land records, climate reports, census records, and diaries, as Wishart deftly tracks the expansion of westward settlement across the central plains and into the Rainbelt Through an examination of migration patterns, land laws, townbuilding, and agricultural practices, Wishart recreates the oftendifficult life of settlers in a semiarid region who undertook the daunting task of adapting to a new environment His book brings this era of American settlement and failure on the western Great Plains fully into the scope of historical memory