28 episodes

In the Rural Towns Project Podcast, Dax Jacobson combines his day job as a business professor with his love for the rural American West he grew up in. He talks to the people who are actually trying to make a living in - and to the researchers, artists, and others inspired by - the rural towns of the American West. He hopes to help himself and others understand the past, appreciate the present, and positively impact the future of rural towns and the American West.

The Rural Towns Project Podcast Dax Jacobson

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

In the Rural Towns Project Podcast, Dax Jacobson combines his day job as a business professor with his love for the rural American West he grew up in. He talks to the people who are actually trying to make a living in - and to the researchers, artists, and others inspired by - the rural towns of the American West. He hopes to help himself and others understand the past, appreciate the present, and positively impact the future of rural towns and the American West.

    Richmond, Utah: Paul Erickson (Mayor of Richmond) on Richmond and Thoughtful Approaches to Public Service in Rural Communities

    Richmond, Utah: Paul Erickson (Mayor of Richmond) on Richmond and Thoughtful Approaches to Public Service in Rural Communities

    Hi. It’s been a minute. There have been some life and work changes keeping me busy the last several months but the Rural Towns Project Podcast is back! I’ll be sharing this episode and one more focused on Richmond, Utah that were recorded earlier this year before moving on (and back) to Bear Lake (Idaho AND Utah sides) in the new year. So please stay tuned for even more episodes of the podcast and be on the lookout for updates on a slightly different approach I’m taking.

    In this episode, I chat with Paul Erickson, Mayor of Richmond, Utah and Chief Credit Officer of Cache Valley Bank. Paul comes from a family with a history of public service and we talk about the importance of getting involved in our local communities. Given Paul’s dual roles, he also has a unique and thoughtful perspective on growth, taxes, small businesses, the labor market, and shopping locally in rural communities. We talk about all those things and more and we end, as always, with the Road Trip Music Question.

    If you want to find out more about me or the Rural Towns Project, please go to https://www.ruraltownsproject.com/

    Podcast music: “A Happy Day” by codemusic, http://www.jamendo.com, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

    • 39 min
    Arimo, Idaho: Cameron Blevins (Historian and Author) on His Book "Paper Trails: The US Post and the Making of the American West"

    Arimo, Idaho: Cameron Blevins (Historian and Author) on His Book "Paper Trails: The US Post and the Making of the American West"

    In this episode, I chat with Cameron Blevins, a history professor at the University of Colorado Denver. Cameron recently wrote the fascinating and important book, Paper Trails: The US Post and the Making of the American West. I loved this book and was thrilled to have Cameron on the podcast to talk about the outsized but often overlooked role the US postal service played in the settling of the American West. We talk a lot about the history of rural post offices but we also talk about the Pony Express, the mythology of the American West, the role of government in rural America, how UPS and FedEx now rely on the rural postal network for last mile package delivery, and the return of the village post office idea in rural America. We end, as always, with the Road Trip Music Question - and I learn that Cameron asks a similar question to his students!

    The Rural Towns Project Newsletter is live!  You can sign up here: http://ruraltownsproject.substack.com The newsletter includes thoughts on each week's podcast episode (including Road Trip Music) as well as highlights from what I’ve been reading, thinking, researching, and learning about rural towns, entrepreneurs and small businesses in the American West.

    If you want to find out more about me or the Rural Towns Project, please go to https://www.ruraltownsproject.com/

    Podcast music: “A Happy Day” by codemusic, http://www.jamendo.com, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

    • 32 min
    Arimo, Idaho: HannaLore Hein (Idaho State Historian) on the History of Arimo and Stories about Chief Arimo, Turkeys, Cold Storage, Research and More

    Arimo, Idaho: HannaLore Hein (Idaho State Historian) on the History of Arimo and Stories about Chief Arimo, Turkeys, Cold Storage, Research and More

    In this episode, I chat once again with HannaLore Hein (Idaho State Historian). The focus this time is Arimo, Idaho and as usual HannaLore has done some amazing research. She shares stories about Marsh Valley, the Hudspeth Cutoff, Chief Arimo, the Fort Fall Indian Reservation, the General Land Office, Arimo Ranches, sheep and turkey grazing, trains, cold storage and more! We also talk about how HannaLore approaches doing research for our conversations and public history in general and she shares some amazing resources like the David Rumsey Map Collection. We end, as always, with the Road Trip Music Question.

    The Rural Towns Project Newsletter is live!  You can sign up here: http://ruraltownsproject.substack.com The newsletter includes thoughts on each week's podcast episode (including Road Trip Music) as well as highlights from what I’ve been reading, thinking, researching, and learning about rural towns, entrepreneurs and small businesses in the American West.

    If you want to find out more about me or the Rural Towns Project, please go to https://www.ruraltownsproject.com/

    Podcast music: “A Happy Day” by codemusic, http://www.jamendo.com, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

    • 58 min
    Lewiston, UT: Rosie Williams (Manager of the Lewiston Theatre) on Family Movies, Cheap Tickets, and Cheap Concessions at a Rural Movie Theater

    Lewiston, UT: Rosie Williams (Manager of the Lewiston Theatre) on Family Movies, Cheap Tickets, and Cheap Concessions at a Rural Movie Theater

    In this episode, I chat with Rosie Williams, Manager of the Lewiston Theatre, in Lewiston, UT. Rosie and I chat about her long history with the Lewiston Theatre and why she’s still there showing movies and still loving it. We talk about how the Lewiston Theatre is run, how it is uniquely owned by the city of Lewiston, and the importance of cheap tickets, cheap concessions, and community. We end, as always, with the Road Trip Music Question.

    Podcast music: “A Happy Day” by codemusic, http://www.jamendo.com, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

    Remember that newsletter I mentioned?  It really is going to happen starting this month (March 2022) as a companion to the podcast episodes.  The newsletter will include some thoughts on that week's podcast episode as well as highlights from what I’ve been reading, thinking, researching, and learning about rural towns, entrepreneurs and small businesses in the American West. You can subscribe to the newsletter here: http://ruraltownsproject.substack.com

    • 26 min
    Lewiston, UT: Dale Buxton (AltaBank, formerly Lewiston State Bank) on Rural Banking and Rural Communities

    Lewiston, UT: Dale Buxton (AltaBank, formerly Lewiston State Bank) on Rural Banking and Rural Communities

    In this episode, I chat with Dale Buxton of AltaBank (formerly Lewiston State Bank) in Lewiston, UT. Dale has been with the bank for over 30 years and in that time has spent time in pretty much every role, including President. Dale and I talk about his background and the history of Lewiston State Bank. We talk about the changes he’s seen in the banking industry generally and in rural banking specifically. We talk about the opportunities and challenges facing rural banks and small businesses and we end, as always, with the Road Trip Music Question.

    Podcast music: “A Happy Day” by codemusic, http://www.jamendo.com, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

    Remember that newsletter I mentioned?  It really is going to happen starting this month (March 2022) as a companion to the podcast episodes.  The newsletter will include some thoughts on that week's podcast episode as well as highlights from what I’ve been reading, thinking, researching, and learning about rural towns, entrepreneurs and small businesses in the American West. You can subscribe to the newsletter here: http://ruraltownsproject.substack.com

    • 25 min
    Lewiston, UT: Jamie Andrus (Cache Chamber of Commerce) on Chambers of Commerce and the Booming Cache Valley Economy

    Lewiston, UT: Jamie Andrus (Cache Chamber of Commerce) on Chambers of Commerce and the Booming Cache Valley Economy

    In this episode, I chat with Jamie Andrus, President & CEO of the Cache Chamber of Commerce. Jamie and I talk about her background and rural roots and how she came to lead the Cache Chamber of Commerce. We talk about the important roles chambers play in rural communities and the relationship between her chamber and the state legislature. We talk about the issues facing rural and urban Cache Valley - things like roads, traffic, water, the growth of Bear Lake and the coming of In-N-Out(!). We end, as always, with the Road Trip Music Question.

    Podcast music: “A Happy Day” by codemusic, http://www.jamendo.com, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/

    Remember that newsletter I mentioned?  It really is going to happen starting this month (March 2022) as a companion to the podcast episodes.  The newsletter will include some thoughts on that week's podcast episode as well as highlights from what I’ve been reading, thinking, researching, and learning about rural towns, entrepreneurs and small businesses in the American West. You can subscribe to the newsletter here: http://ruraltownsproject.substack.com

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Trappermanut ,

Very good

Well done Dax. Nice to see a light shine on south east idaho.

1Surfrider ,

Connecting to the Old West

This podcast really takes to the coolest parts and stories about the “modern” old west! Great host and great storylines! Can’t wait for more to come out.

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