My daughter lives in Brooklyn. I'm writing this blog post from her apartment located in a 1910 building. Its quaint and charming with victorian features here and there. She loves it.
What's interesting when I speak to folks in the neighborhood, and they find out I'm from Oregon, they all say the same thing. Oregon! It's so green! I would love to live there. I so want to get out of the city! Well, Brooklyn has 2.6 million people living in it. It's the most populated of the five Burroughs. According to King's Handbook, things were just as crowded then (at least to the folks in 1892) and then as now, many wanted to move out of the city and head west. Even if it was only as far as Pennsylvania.
Life out west wasn't laden with the wonders of the big city, but at least you had a patch of land to call your own instead of a three or four room flat. And, you could throw a rock and not hit your neighbor's house. This was also a big plus. It meant you had breathing room! The hustle and bustle of the city was finally being you!
All the photos you see are from King's Handbook, and I try to imagine a New Yorker from that era going west, staring at a wide open prairie for the first time. There was no internet to look things up and see pictures before hand. Nothing could have prepared them for the majesty of the Colorado Rockies, or the beauty of the plains. Our world has become so small with technology, that the "wow" factor is lessened. Not so the folks from a bygone era. They lived in anticipation of seeing a new land, setting down roots, and raising a family. No wonder so many wanted to go West back then. And still do today ...
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