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30 Days & 30 Nights: Adventures Along the Empire Builder


Faith Hagenhofer and Doug “Off” White have made the round trip by rail on AMTRAK’s Empire Builder over 20 times. This train journey travels small town Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Washington, and Oregon, with 30 stops from the Mississippi River to the Columbia River. Faith and Off have researched all 30 of these towns using reportage journalism, photography, and letters home, documenting what has become of the Empire dream from the late 19th century. Settler colonialists first dove into The West on this route making homes, extracting resources, decimating tribal life, contributing to the destruction that aimed to replace Tribal Communities, and constructing some of America’s small towns. But what about these rail stops as 21st century places, as home?