Season 1

How did settlers on the Great Plains survive? Build houses of stone? Establish businesses and towns on the wide open country? And what was life like before the settlers arrived? Cottonwood Connections utilizes the story of the Cottonwood Ranch Historic Site as a springboard to explore these and various historical topics related to the Great Plains region.

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Arts and Entertainment

The Great Plains was not all about work, but had a rich culture of art and entertainment.

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Arts and Entertainment

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The Homestead Act

The Homestead Act settled the Great Plains; join Don as he takes us through its importance

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The Homestead Act

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Farming and the Land

Don Rowlison takes a look at how important the land was to farming for the settlers.

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Farming and the Land

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Farming and Plains

Don Rowlison takes a look at how important agriculture was to the Great Plains.

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Farming and Plains

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Entrepreneurship on the Plains

Don Rowlison and his colleges look at how entrepreneurship shaped the plains.

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Entrepreneurship on the Plains

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The House at Cottonwood Ranch

Don Rowlison gives a tour of the stone house that is the centerpiece of the ranch.

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The House at Cottonwood Ranch

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The Role of Mail Oder in Settling the Plains

Explosion of mail order in the late 1800s, & how it served the growing population of rural

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The Role of Mail Oder in Settling the Plains

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Discovering the Prehistoric Past

Process of learning more about the plains through exploration, recreation, & examination.

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Discovering the Prehistoric Past

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The Clothes

Examine the clothing worn and made by the Great Plains Settlers.

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The Clothes

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Archeology

Why archeology is critical to understand the history of the Great Plains.

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Archeology

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Life of the Cowboy

Don Rowlison takes us on a ride to learn about “hired hands on horseback”.

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Life of the Cowboy

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Building with Stone

Why settlers on the Great Plains in the 1800s used stone in construction & how they did it

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Building with Stone