A tale of two towns: a mining and a farming community in the by Duane A. Smith

By Duane A. Smith

The Nineties have been a tumultuous decade in American historical past, with financial melancholy, battle, heated politics, and hard work 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, looked to be worlds aside. In A story of 2 cities, historian Duane Smith takes a comparative examine Durango and Sandwich as a way to verify what existence used to be like in those small groups. His interesting learn, in response to a detailed exam of papers, municipal files, and private correspondence, deals a distinct 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 fairly related, and hauntingly commonly used to lifestyles in every one city this day.

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4. Gross, Past and Present, 1:93, 107, 115, 162-63, 303-06, 319-20. Sandwich Free Press, July 23 and Nov. 5, 1896. Argus, Jan. 11, 1879; Jan. 11, 1896; June 19, 1897. Portrait and Biographical Album of DeKalb County, Illinois (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1885), 795, 870-71. Richard Critchfield, Trees, Why Do You Wait? (Washington: Island Press, 1991), 12, 25, 29-30. Population of the United States in 1860 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1864), 90. Overton, Burlington Route, 47, 50-51, 64-66.

Animas City had been established where it stood because of the relatively long growing season (one hundred days) in its part of the Animas Valley and because the Animas River flowed nearby. Without a reliable water supply, settlement in southwestern Colorado proved a decided gamble. In 1879, the D&RG sent surveyors through the Animas Valley to mark out a route into the San Juan Mountains, which held those inviting mining districts. The railroad offered to make Animas City its hub in southwestern Colorado, but in so doing demanded that certain terms be met.

This Is Woman's Opportunity 167 11. Joy in Mudville 191 12. Friendship, Love, and Truth 205 13. The Good Old Days 221 Epilogue: After the Ball 245 Essay on Sources 253 Index 255 Page ix PREFACE What is about to unfold is the story of two small towns-Sandwich, Illinois, and Durango, Coloradotowns like those many Americans remember from their youth; towns that gave residents a sense of place, a sense of home; towns where people had time to talk to you, knew when you were sick, and missed you if you failed to show up in church on Sunday; towns with schools within walking distance, alleys behind homes, and vacant lots for games and youthful adventures.

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