By Duane A. Smith
The Nineties have been a tumultuous decade in American heritage, with financial melancholy, struggle, heated politics, and exertions conflicts surrounding America?‚?’s emergence as an international strength. by contrast chaotic history, lifestyles within the rowdy western mining city of Durango, Colorado, and the quiet agricultural hamlet of Sandwich, Illinois, worlds aside. In A story of 2 cities, historian Duane Smith takes a comparative examine Durango and Sandwich that allows you to confirm what lifestyles used to be like in those small groups. His interesting examine, in accordance with an in depth exam of papers, municipal files, and private correspondence, bargains a different portrait of lifestyle in those cities. A story of 2 cities indicates how small city lifestyles a century in the past in those groups used to be particularly comparable, and hauntingly typical to existence in every one city at the present time.
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Agriculture-lllinois-Sandwich-History-20th century. 6. Mineral industries-Colorado- Durango-History-20th century. I. 3'28- -dc2197-2 1784 CIP The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information Sciences-Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials. 48-1 948 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Dedicated to Beverly Johnson Agnes Henning Florence Devine May Sebby Marjorie Smith Hash CONTENTS Preface ix Prologue xiii 1. The Most Brilliant Future 1 2.
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On September 13, 1880, farmers started the fall harvest in the fields around Sandwich, when the first survey stake was being driven for the new town of Durango, named after the town in Mexico that the railroad hoped to reach one day. In truth, there never should have been a Durango. Two miles north of it, the six-year-old farming village of Animas City had suffered the deadly consequences of misreading history. Its population grew at the same pace Sandwich's did, though to a smaller degree, reaching 286 people in 1880.
A tale of two towns: a mining and a farming community in the 1890s by Duane A. Smith