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Plain’s ‘the only place to live,’ pioneer daughter says

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As Betty (Burgess) Newell puts it, the community of Plain nestled in the mountains north of Leavenworth, is “the only place to live.”

I talked with her and her son Bill Newell in 2012 about their family’s roots in Plain and the rich network of relationships and stories that sustain their strong attachment to this place. Excerpts from the full interview transcribed by Marlena La Paz follow.

The family’s story starts in the late 19th century when Betty’s father, William…

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