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32 M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 7 I n the Midwest, great minds settled the land, brought innova- tion and spurred our nation forward. Red Cloud, Nebraska, supports the largest collection of nationally designated his- toric sites dedicated to an American author — Willa Cather. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park show- cases the Wright Brothers' work and became the birthplace of aviation. e Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, tell the 300-year story of how Iowans transformed fertile prairies into the most produc- tive farmland in the world. And the re-created Farm at Prophetstown, near Lafayette, Indiana, showcases a 1920s farm as it transitioned from animal to tractor power. In Kansas, the Tall Grass Prairie National Pre- serve's 10,894 acres remains the only place in the national park system dedicated to the natural and cultural history of the tallgrass prairie eco- system. PAST PRESENT THESE FIVE SITES HONOR MIDWESTERN INGENUITY Courtesy National Willa Cather Center Courtesy Living History Farms Top: Flynn Mansion shows off a decadent lifestyle at Living History Farms. Bottom: Willa Cather BY ELIZABETH HEY Courtesy Visit Denver MIDWEST special SECTION

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