What is the Empty Quarter?
The Empty Quarter includes most of Alaska, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and western Colorado, as well as the eastern portions of Oregon, California, Washington, all of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Northern Canada, northern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, British Columbia east of the Coast Ranges, and the westernmost fringes of North Dakota and South Dakota.
In the book, Garreau described The Empty Quarter as a region with an economy still largely based on resource extraction, with mining, oil, cattle, and railroads historically playing a large role. The Empty Quarter, together with some of The Breadbasket, comprises what is commonly thought of as the American Old West. He described the region today as one of boomtowns rising and falling with the fortunes ...more