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Women go mad on the Nebraska frontier!

Women go mad on the Nebraska frontier!

The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout tells the story of homesteader Mary Bee Cuddy and her efforts to take four women from the Nebraska frontier back to Iowa after the women have gone mad over the long cold winter with too many hardships.  According to the tale, the Homesman is a person, usually a man, who is tasked with taking women who have gone mad back east to their families.  In this story, the husbands don’t want to take on the job, so…

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Wild Wyoming and “The Virginian”

Wild Wyoming and “The Virginian”

On a recent trip to Wyoming, we had the pleasure of staying in Medicine Bow, Wyoming at The Virginian Hotel.  It was built in 1911 and was named after the famous novel, The Virginian by Owen Wister (we stayed in the Owen Wister suite!)  The novel was also the basis for the TV Series The Virginian from the 1960’s which starred James Drury and Doug McClure.  The novel is set in Wyoming and begins with a traveller getting off the…

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