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Can You Guess the Year? 5-23-11

Article and artwork by Dorothy Miller
Lochbuie, Colo.

This was the year that Decoration Day was first celebrated. General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery then 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery. Later it was called Memorial Day.

The Calaveras Skull, a human skull was found by miners in Calaveras County, Calif. It was purported to prove that humans, and elephants had coexisted in California. It was later revealed as a hoax.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in New York City.

The U.S. Congress approved the minting of a nickel 5-cent coin which eliminated the half dime.

Tennessee became the first U.S. state to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War.

The Atlantic Cable was successfully completed, allowing transatlantic telegraph communication for the first time.

The Great Fire of Portland, Maine, occurred this year. Ten thousand people were left homeless and 1,800 buildings were burned to the ground.

Wideawake, Colo., was a thriving mining town consisting of log cabins, a mill and the mine.

A rock fort in Monument, 12-feet in diameter with a wooden frame window, was built by A. David McShane. It had an underground passage to

the nearby house and was used to defend the family and neighbors during Arapahoe and Cheyenne raids.

The bodies of 2,011 unidentified Civil War soldiers were buried in a mass grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

Congress passed a Civil Rights Act, in spite of President Johnson’s veto, to secure for former slaves all the rights of citizenship intended by the Thirteenth Amendment.

Postwar economic depression began in the United States as prices begin a rapid decline following the Civil War’s inflation.

Stagecoach operator Ben Holladay sold the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express to Wells, Fargo and Company along with his Holladay Overland Stage Co.

Cholera killed some 50,000 Americans. New York had 2,000 fatalities and created the first U.S. municipal board of health.

A London dispensary for women opened under the direction of physician Elizabeth Garrett.

Popular songs were “Come Back to Erin,” “When You and I Were Young, Maggie” and “We Parted by the River.”

Can you guess this year?

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Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.

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The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1917. Congratulations to Robert and Joan Geer of Gillette, Wyo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.

This was the year that Decoration Day was first celebrated. General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery then 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery. Later it was called Memorial Day.

The Calaveras Skull, a human skull was found by miners in Calaveras County, Calif. It was purported to prove that humans, and elephants had coexisted in California. It was later revealed as a hoax.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in New York City.

The U.S. Congress approved the minting of a nickel 5-cent coin which eliminated the half dime.

Tennessee became the first U.S. state to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War.

The Atlantic Cable was successfully completed, allowing transatlantic telegraph communication for the first time.

The Great Fire of Portland, Maine, occurred this year. Ten thousand people were left homeless and 1,800 buildings were burned to the ground.

Wideawake, Colo., was a thriving mining town consisting of log cabins, a mill and the mine.

A rock fort in Monument, 12-feet in diameter with a wooden frame window, was built by A. David McShane. It had an underground passage to

the nearby house and was used to defend the family and neighbors during Arapahoe and Cheyenne raids.

The bodies of 2,011 unidentified Civil War soldiers were buried in a mass grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

Congress passed a Civil Rights Act, in spite of President Johnson’s veto, to secure for former slaves all the rights of citizenship intended by the Thirteenth Amendment.

Postwar economic depression began in the United States as prices begin a rapid decline following the Civil War’s inflation.

Stagecoach operator Ben Holladay sold the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express to Wells, Fargo and Company along with his Holladay Overland Stage Co.

Cholera killed some 50,000 Americans. New York had 2,000 fatalities and created the first U.S. municipal board of health.

A London dispensary for women opened under the direction of physician Elizabeth Garrett.

Popular songs were “Come Back to Erin,” “When You and I Were Young, Maggie” and “We Parted by the River.”

Can you guess this year?

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Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.

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The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1917. Congratulations to Robert and Joan Geer of Gillette, Wyo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.


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