- Centennial (novel)
"Centennial" was a novel written by American author
James Michenerand published in 1974.
"Centennial" traces the history of the plains of northeast
Coloradofrom prehistory until the early 1970s. Geographic details about the fictional town of Centennial and its surroundings indicate that the region is in modern-day Weld County. Since the novel was written, the Denver suburb of Centennial, Coloradohas been incorporated, although its location is far from Michener's fictional town of the same name. Much of his book was based on the town of Greeley, Colorado.
Many episodes in the book are loosely based on actual historical events in eastern Colorado and southeast Wyoming, which for novelistic reasons are brought to a single locale. For example "The Massacre"-is based on the
Sand Creek Massacrewhich took place in Kiowa County, Coloradoin 1864. Other parts of the book are loosely based on a family from Sterling, Colorado.
In each episode, there is a different protagonist. For instance, Lame Beaver is the main character in "The many Counting Coups of Lame Beaver".
"Centennial" was made into a popular twelve-part television
miniseriesalso entitled "Centennial" that aired on NBCfrom October 1978 through February 1979, and was filmed in Greeley, Colorado. In 2008, NBC Universal began to market a six volume DVD set.
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