By Duane A. Smith
The Nineties have been a tumultuous decade in American historical past, with financial melancholy, battle, heated politics, and exertions conflicts surrounding America?‚?’s emergence as an international strength. in contrast chaotic history, existence within the rowdy western mining city of Durango, Colorado, and the quiet agricultural hamlet of Sandwich, Illinois, appeared to be worlds aside. In A story of 2 cities, historian Duane Smith takes a comparative examine Durango and Sandwich with the intention to verify what lifestyles was once like in those small groups. His attention-grabbing learn, according to an in depth exam of papers, municipal files, and private correspondence, bargains a different portrait of way of life in those cities. A story of 2 cities indicates how small city lifestyles a century in the past in those groups was once really comparable, and hauntingly frequent to existence in every one city at the present time.
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A Week at the Fair, 203, 204, 246. Sandwich Argus, July 16, 1892. Sandwich Free Press, April 13, April 20, May 4, May 18, May 25, June 22, June 29, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 1893. Durango Great Southwest, Aug. 2, 1892. Durango Board of Trade Minutes, Dec. 12, 1892. Durango Herald, Oct. 22, 1893. Page xxi A Tale of Two Cities Page 1 1 THE MOST BRILLIANT FUTURE Darling, I am growing old, Silver threads among the gold. S. towns that were similar in some ways and very different in others. One, Sandwich, was an agricultural community on the prairies of northern Illinois at an elevation of 667 feet; the second, Durango, was a mining community at 6,512 feet, nestled near mountains ringing the Animas River Valley of southwestern Colorado.
But she persisted and before going home on the midnight train two days later, found time to see " 'America' the grandest historical spectacle of the time. " Relaxing at home the next day, she concluded, "My mind is in a whirl. Such sights I have seen. " Another excited visitor could only recommend, "Sell the cookstove if necessary and come. " Sandwich and Durango both participated in the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, better known as the Chicago World's Fair. When Page xiv Congress passed an act in 1890 providing for an exhibition, the intent had been to celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of Columbus's arrival.
3. William Cronon, Nature's Metropolis (New York: W. W. , 1991 ), 74-78, 325, 377, 385. Richard J. Jensen, Illinois (New York: W. W. , 1978), 76. Richard C. Overton, Burlington Route (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1965), 3-5, 18-20, 23, 32-33, 39, 41-43, and the Monmouth Atlas, quoted on page 42 in Overton. Shaw, Twelve Years, 29-30. William Ferguson, quoted in Robert P. : William B. Ferdmans, 1976), 351. Gross, Past and Present, 1:303. Sandwich Page 16 Argus, June 19, 1897. Robert P. : William B.
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