Place is about not only a physical location, but also something that is told, represented and lived. It gives the world a shape. While the stories of place may certainly be concealed within official documents, maps, census records, architectural drawings, they are also intricately woven within place names, songs, prayers and carried in those seemingly fleeting moments, when someone knows exactly where to cross a river though they have never crossed it or looks at a ruin and sees a home full of laughter and tears.

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J.J. Bowden's Private Land Claims in the Southwest

Land Grant Legislative Reports

Place story