Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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July 15th
“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: 1790
Approximate Location: 23 miles east of Baltimore, Maryland

Census Year: 1800
Approximate Location: 18 miles west of Baltimore, Maryland

Census Year: 1820
Approximate Location: 16 miles east of Moorefield, West Virginia

Census Year: 1840
Approximate Location: 16 miles south of Clarksburg, West Virginia

Census Year: 1860
Approximate Location: 20 miles south by east of Chillicothe, Ohio

Census Year: 1880
Approximate Location: 8 miles west by south of Cincinnati, Ohio (in Boone County, Kentucky)

Census Year: 1900
Approximate Location: 6 miles southeast of Columbus, Indiana

Census Year: 1920
Approximate Location: 8 miles south-southeast of Spencer, Indiana

Census Year: 1940
Approximate Location: 2 miles southeast by east of Carlisle, Indiana

Census Year: 1960
Approximate Location: 6.5 miles northwest of Centralia, Illinois

Census Year: 1980
Approximate Location: A quarter mile west of DeSoto, Missouri

Census Year: 2000
Approximate Location: 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.
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