Cover, parts of the
front section, and table of contents
A preface in three parts
Personal reflections about engaging in the road project.
Setting the Stage
An 1804 map of the Louisiana Purchase and a Midwestern regional history.
A1908 editorial from the local newspaper, The Rolfe Arrow, and a history of early large,
land-owning families in the area of the road.
A Story about Baby
A meandering recollection of childhood events, using baby pigs as the theme
but actually dealing more with a child's developmental issues.
Introduction to the
The text is the same as the script for the video
The First Farm along
Traces the ownership of the property from when it was owned by the
United States government and features two families who lived on the farm in
the 1930s and 1940s.
Reflects on the lifestyle of a family who lives in the area and farms the
first farm along the road.
The Next Farms along
Interviews with two women who lived on the farm owned by the Brinkman family
and a look at the Reigelsberger family and its farm.
Where I Grew Up
A look at the Gunderson farm.
The Middle Farms
A look at the Cornwell, Harrold, and Howard farms.
The Last Barn
Photographs of the barn at the Howard farm. It is the last barn standing
along the road.
with a Heritage
Explores a love-hate perspective in relation to a range of issues,
including that of what was interpreted, rightly or wrongly, as male
A survey of changes in agricultural equipment during the Twentieth Century.
(Permission for Internet use received for
three archival images were unblocked on February 4, 2009.)
A Harvest Walk
A sequel to the previous chapter. It questions the impact of modern
The West Farms
Includes the farm where the Jordan family lived, the land owned by the
Shimon and Grant families, and the farm at the end of the road.
Some of the material in this chapter was originally written on September 14,
2001, on the national day of mourning following the September 11 attacks on
the United State. The chapter also tells of how the family of Don Grant, one
of the key story-tellers in the road project, dealt with his death.
People and Their
Contains an introduction, then is solely a collection of thoughts
transcribed from taped interviews with people associated with the road.
Includes an outline prepared in 1995 of the people who lived along the road
in various eras. There is also an article, The Swamplands, written in 1884
and included in R.E. Flickenger's book The Early History of Iowa and
Pioneer History of Pocahontas County published in 1904 by the Fonda