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Can You Guess the Year 8-31-09

Dorothy Miller
Lochbuie, Colo.

Dorothy MillerA giant explosion shook central Siberia.

The Sunday Schools of Adams County held a rally and picnic at the Denver State Fish Hatchery. Everyone brought a sack lunch where there was good speaking and singing.

The Fourth Annual Adams County Fair was set for September 17-19 in Brighton, Colo. The first day was preparation day, the second day was Club Day and the third day was Adams County Day. On Adams County Day there was a fine program of races by local horses.

A Colorado Springs woman scared off a bear by barricading her cabin at night with chairs and boxes. When the bear tried to crawl through a chink in a log he knocked over the boxes and the lady set off Roman candles and held them close to the bear’s nose. The bear took to the timber.

The name of Harris Station was changed to Westminster and the Post Office will probably change to that name soon.

The new 93 acre Lakeside Park was the largest and most modern outdoor amusement resort between Chicago and the Pacific coast. The one half million dollar “White City” was now open to the public. The park was called the Coney Island of the West.

A giant explosion shook central Siberia. Witnesses close to the event described seeing a fireball in the sky, as bright and hot as another sun. The earthquake caused buildings to shake, windows to break, and people to be knocked off their feet even 40 miles away. It didn’t make front page news in the papers because of the extreme remoteness of that region of Siberia. Also at play was the secretive, unsettled nature of Russia at the time.

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Some theories were that it was a comet/asteroid. Some felt the explosion could have been caused by one of the mini black holes passing through our planet like a ghost. Some theorized that everyone’s beloved nutty professor, Nikola Tesla, was testing out some sort of weird, communication device, or super-scary “energy weapon” or “death ray” and made a big “oops!” or that it was a UFO inadvertently crashing into the Earth.

The explosion leveled an estimated 80 million trees over an 830 square-mile area in a radial pattern from the blast zone. Dust from the explosion hovered over Europe, reflecting light that was bright enough for Londoners to read at night by it. The event remains a mystery.

Henry Ford developed the first Model T automobile, which sold for $850.

Theodore Roosevelt was the President this year. Vice President was Charles W. Fairbanks.

Lack of regulation led some employers to look to the nation’s youth for cheap labor. No laws or generally accepted standards protected the child in the workplace. Exploitation was rampant.

Photographer Lewis Hine traveled the country documenting the children in the workplace through photographs and vivid written descriptions.

Hine served as an investigator for the National Child Labor Committee, established to “combat the danger in which childhood is placed by greed and rapacity.” He used any pretext to gain entrance into a factory often secretly interviewing the children, concealing his note taking by keeping his hands in his pockets. When barred from entrance, Hine waited outside the factory gate taking his pictures as the children left work. His photos were widely distributed, their impact greater than any printed word. The impression they made contributed significantly to the reform of child labor.

Robert Baden-Powell began the Boy Scout movement.

In southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil discovery in the Middle East was made. The rights to the resource were quickly acquired by the United Kingdom.

Western bandits Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid were supposedly killed in Bolivia, after being surrounded by a large group of soldiers. There were many rumors to the contrary however, and their grave sites were unmarked.

A public bath House was located on 20th and Curtis streets in Denver, Colo. The two story building was built to serve Denver’s poor. It included a gymnasium and bathing facilities.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park was built by Oscar Stanley, the inventor of the Stanley Steamer.

The new double switchboard of the Colorado Telephone Company was installed.

Can you Guess the 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 1871. Congratulations to Don McCloskey of Greeley, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.

The Sunday Schools of Adams County held a rally and picnic at the Denver State Fish Hatchery. Everyone brought a sack lunch where there was good speaking and singing.

The Fourth Annual Adams County Fair was set for September 17-19 in Brighton, Colo. The first day was preparation day, the second day was Club Day and the third day was Adams County Day. On Adams County Day there was a fine program of races by local horses.

A Colorado Springs woman scared off a bear by barricading her cabin at night with chairs and boxes. When the bear tried to crawl through a chink in a log he knocked over the boxes and the lady set off Roman candles and held them close to the bear’s nose. The bear took to the timber.

The name of Harris Station was changed to Westminster and the Post Office will probably change to that name soon.

The new 93 acre Lakeside Park was the largest and most modern outdoor amusement resort between Chicago and the Pacific coast. The one half million dollar “White City” was now open to the public. The park was called the Coney Island of the West.

A giant explosion shook central Siberia. Witnesses close to the event described seeing a fireball in the sky, as bright and hot as another sun. The earthquake caused buildings to shake, windows to break, and people to be knocked off their feet even 40 miles away. It didn’t make front page news in the papers because of the extreme remoteness of that region of Siberia. Also at play was the secretive, unsettled nature of Russia at the time.

Some theories were that it was a comet/asteroid. Some felt the explosion could have been caused by one of the mini black holes passing through our planet like a ghost. Some theorized that everyone’s beloved nutty professor, Nikola Tesla, was testing out some sort of weird, communication device, or super-scary “energy weapon” or “death ray” and made a big “oops!” or that it was a UFO inadvertently crashing into the Earth.

The explosion leveled an estimated 80 million trees over an 830 square-mile area in a radial pattern from the blast zone. Dust from the explosion hovered over Europe, reflecting light that was bright enough for Londoners to read at night by it. The event remains a mystery.

Henry Ford developed the first Model T automobile, which sold for $850.

Theodore Roosevelt was the President this year. Vice President was Charles W. Fairbanks.

Lack of regulation led some employers to look to the nation’s youth for cheap labor. No laws or generally accepted standards protected the child in the workplace. Exploitation was rampant.

Photographer Lewis Hine traveled the country documenting the children in the workplace through photographs and vivid written descriptions.

Hine served as an investigator for the National Child Labor Committee, established to “combat the danger in which childhood is placed by greed and rapacity.” He used any pretext to gain entrance into a factory often secretly interviewing the children, concealing his note taking by keeping his hands in his pockets. When barred from entrance, Hine waited outside the factory gate taking his pictures as the children left work. His photos were widely distributed, their impact greater than any printed word. The impression they made contributed significantly to the reform of child labor.

Robert Baden-Powell began the Boy Scout movement.

In southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil discovery in the Middle East was made. The rights to the resource were quickly acquired by the United Kingdom.

Western bandits Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid were supposedly killed in Bolivia, after being surrounded by a large group of soldiers. There were many rumors to the contrary however, and their grave sites were unmarked.

A public bath House was located on 20th and Curtis streets in Denver, Colo. The two story building was built to serve Denver’s poor. It included a gymnasium and bathing facilities.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park was built by Oscar Stanley, the inventor of the Stanley Steamer.

The new double switchboard of the Colorado Telephone Company was installed.

Can you Guess the Year?

***

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.

***

The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1871. Congratulations to Don McCloskey of Greeley, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.