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By Duane A. Smith

The Nineties have been a tumultuous decade in American heritage, with financial melancholy, struggle, heated politics, and hard work conflicts surrounding America?‚?’s emergence as a global strength. in contrast chaotic historical past, 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 with the intention to make sure what existence used to be like in those small groups. His interesting research, in line with a detailed exam of papers, municipal files, and private correspondence, bargains a different portrait of daily life 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 related, and hauntingly time-honored to existence in every one city this present day.

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Jensen, Illinois, 73. 7. Sources for Animas City and Durango: Durango Record, Jan. 29, 1881, and Durango Herald, Jan. 1, 1890. Duane A. Smith, Rocky Mountain Boom Town (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1992). Duane A. Smith, Durango Diary (Durango: Durango Herald, 1996). 8. Population of the United States 11th Census (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1895), 103-04, 108, 408, 541. Free Press, July 23, 1890. Allan G. Bogue, From Prairie to Corn Belt (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963), 149, 157, 160, 163-66, 169, 185, 195, 202-03.

Page 18 The 1900 census provides an impersonal, quantitative portrait of the two towns. Sandwich and Durango consisted overwhelmingly of white, northern European Americans. Over ninety-nine percent of all Sandwichites and ninety-five percent of all Durangoans matched that description. By 1900, only one African American family lived in Durango. In Sandwich, there were two African American families and two single African Americans. Immigrants from Germany, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales far outnumbered all others.

Sandwich gained a newspaper, something every infant community wanted in order to promote itself and enhance local pride. The People's Press debuted on September 10, 1857. In the second issue, the paper described Sandwich as "a stirring business village": Besides the railroad buildings, Sandwich has three churchesBaptist, Methodist and Congregational. The Presbyterians worship in a large school-room, but are preparing to build a church. A large and commodious two-story building erected for an academy, and occupied as such for two years, is now used for a district schoolbesides which there is a small private school.

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