April 15th, 1865 "Go West young man"

April 15th, 1865 "Go West young man"

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    April 15th, 1865 "Go West young man"

    In July 1865 New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley popularized an enduring American slogan when he advised in his newspaper, “Go west, young man, and grow up with the country.” Thousands of men and women were already doing just that, striking out for western frontiers in search of cheap land and wide-open opportunities.

    Each decade, the Census Bureau calculates the mean center of population—the place where an imaginary map of the U.S. would balance if all residents were the same weight. In other words, it’s the “middle point” of where we all live. As the nation has grown, the center of population has moved west. In 1790 it lay near Chestertown, Maryland. By 2000 it lay more than 1,000 miles away near Edgar Springs, Missouri.

    Census Year Approximate Location
    1790 23 miles east of Baltimore, Maryland
    1800 18 miles west of Baltimore, Maryland
    1820 16 miles east of Moorefield, West Virginia
    1840 16 miles south of Clarksburg, West Virginia
    1860 20 miles south by east of Chillicothe, Ohio
    1880 8 miles west by south of Cincinnati, Ohio
    1900 6 miles southeast of Columbus, Indiana
    1920 8 miles south-southeast of Spencer, Indiana
    1940 2 miles southeast by east of Carlisle, Indiana
    1960 6.5 miles northwest of Centralia, Illinois
    1980 A quarter mile west of DeSoto, Missouri
    2000 2.8 miles east of Edgar Springs, Missouri

    American History Parade

    1862 The Confederate ironclad Arkansas pounds its way through a fleet of Union warships blockading Vicksburg on the Mississippi River.
    1912 Jim Thorpe, one of the greatest athletes in U.S. history, shatters the world record in the decathlon at the Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.
    1913 Augustus Bacon of Georgia becomes the first senator elected by popular vote (before the Seventeenth Amendment, senators were elected by state legislators).
    1916 Pacific Aero Products, later renamed The Boeing Company, is founded in Seattle by William Boeing.

    From Bill Bennett's American Patriot's Almanac
    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." C.S. Lewis

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    I love useless (not to me!) historical trivia.

    23 miles east of Baltimore? The middle of the Atlantic! All those darn New Englanders.

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    Here's the map of the location. Still a bit East of center but pretty impressive. I wonder, do they get a sign?

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