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Fourth Annual Eccles Family Rural West Conference

People and Place in the Rural American West

Missoula, Montana, March 17-19

Opening Keynote: A Trail Across the Rural Pacific Northwest

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Bruce Cain, the Eccles Family Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, and Hope Eccles, advisory council member of the Center, welcomed attendees to the Eccles Rural West Conference 2016. David M. Kennedy, the co-founder of the Center, spoke about the origins of the Rural West Initiative and took attendees on a flyover tour of the emerging Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.

Held March 17, 2016 at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT

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Rural West Conference Volume

Bridging the Distance

Common Issues of the Rural West

Edited by David B. Danbom
Foreword by David M. Kennedy

Published in cooperation with the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University
The University of Utah Press has published Bridging the Distance, a book by the Rural West Initiative of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Edited by the distinguished historian David B. Danbom and with a foreword by Center co-founding director David M. Kennedy, the book explores the Rural West across four dimensions: Community, Land, Economics – and defining the Rural West itself. The book is the result of work presented at the first Conference on the Rural West, which took place in Ogden, Utah, in October 2012.