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Take a train ride to Gopher Prairie, Minnesota

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Gopher Prairie, Minnesota is a fictitious town modeled after the late Minnesota author Sinclair Lewis’ hometown of Sauk Center, Minnesota. You can board a train to Gopher Prairie found only in the book “Main Street” at the nearest library. Try to read a digital version, available free online or a Google book is also a great way to read.

Click here to listen to a free audio version of “Main Street” available from LibriVox.

My mother Margaret (Glieden) Walsh, of Litchfield, currently residing near Superior, Wisconsin, told me stories from her childhood growing up on a farm near Brooten, Minnesota about not being allowed to read Lewis’ “Main Street” as characters in the book were believed to based on local residents near by Sauk Centre.

“It is true that Lewis’ fiction often contains similarities to Lewis’ own life,” according to The Sinclair Lewis Society website.

You might want to learn more about Sinclair Lewis from an online Google book by Mark Schorer.

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Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at
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