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AREA BOOKS: Magnuson pens ‘A Journey Through Time Down U.S Route 83’

“The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: The Dakotas” by Steve Magnuson; Court Bridge Publishing, 2014, 194 pages

Steve Magnuson, award-winning author of “The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder,” released his newest book, “The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: The Dakotas,” on Tuesday.

“The Last American Highway” is a nonfiction travel-history book of one of the longest and oldest federal highways, U.S. 83. It stretches 1,885 miles vertically across the U.S., from West Hope, N.D., to Brownsville, Texas.

Magnuson took a road trip along Highway 83 in order to write “The Last American Highway.” “Highway 83 is itself interesting — and the scenery is beautiful — but it was the people I met that made this a fascinating journey,” Magnuson said in a press release.

Magnuson details the history of the Northern Great Plains through numerous stories. Some of the people mentioned are Pierre de la Vérendrye, Lewis and Clark, Jedediah Smith, Chief Spotted Tail of the Brulé Lakotas, Lawrence Welk and Casey Tibbs.

Magnuson will be touring along the highway April 19 to 26. He also manages the “Fans of U.S. Route 83” Facebook page, writes a blog for the highway and provides tips for those who want to travel it.

“The Last American Highway” is the first of Magnuson’s “Highway 83 Chronicles.” His Nebraska-Kansas and Oklahoma-Texas books will be released in 2015 and 2016. “The Last American Highway” is available for $17.80 in paperback or $9.99 on Kindle on