Once Upon A Town

Once Upon A Town

The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen

Book - 2003
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In search of "the best America there ever was," bestselling author and award-winning journalist Bob Greene finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today--a town where Greene discovers the echoes of the most touching love story imaginable: a love story between a country and its sons.

During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, Nebraska, on troop trains en route to their ultimate destinations in Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town, wanting to offer the servicemen warmth and support, transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen.

Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen--staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers--was open from five a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. Astonishingly, this remote plains community of only 12,000 people provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food and treats to more than six million GIs by the time the war ended.

In this poignant and heartwarming eyewitness history, based on interviews with North Platte residents and the soldiers who once passed through, Bob Greene tells a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.

Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2003.
Edition: First Perennial edition
ISBN: 9780060081973
006008197X
Branch Call Number: 978.282 GREENE B
Characteristics: 264 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm.

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sharonb122 Jul 14, 2013

I knew nothing about North Platte and was glad to be enlightened. This is a piece of history well-worth having been researched and preserved. reading about Union Pacific Bailey Yard was a great surprise near the end. I'm glad each story is written down, but even with the individual differences, it got a little repetitive for me. Wish there could have been more pictures. I enjoy history and Bob Greene made it readable and less intense--I'd like to read more of his.

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