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Miles from Nowhere by Dayton Duncan
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Oct 18, 07

bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in August, 2007

This book looks at the counties in the USA that have a population density of less than 2 people per square mile. This was the definition that the census bureau used in the past for frontier. The author tells of the differences of the current frontier from it historic predecessor, from its urban and suburban western neighbors and other rural counties with higher densities. This book was written in the early 90's, after the 1990 census and so it a little dated. But much that it has to say is still true. Some of the differences are: the US/Mexican border is much more active than in the nineties; and with the high oil prices, the current boom is in oil drilling. The fight with urban areas over water has intensified.

The stories told by the people living in the modern frontier are fascinating.

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