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Palaces on the Prairie takes you on a journey through the past to experience the hope, struggle, victory, and sometimes defeat of communities, large and small, as they fought to survive difficult times during the late 1800s and early 1900s. One of the fascinating ways community leaders went about that daunting task was to construct palaces, some gigantic, others more modest, decorated with the grains or minerals that would best promote the businesses and products of their region. This book tells the story behind thirty-four of those palaces built in twenty-four towns and cities throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, and Texas. Some were short-lived while others stood for years, but all provided excitement and a sense of accomplishment for those involved.