“Hitch your wagon to a star:” the Kansas boom of 1887.
Chennell, Charles Luke
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Chennell, Luke. (2007). “Hitch your wagon to a star:” the Kansas boom of 1887. In Proceedings : 3rd Annual Symposium : Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS : Wichita State University, p.51-52
Kansas experienced a major boom in the late 1880s that touched nearly every aspect of economic and social life in the state. Wichita, for instance, was the third fastest growing city in the nation barring none. Other Kansas towns across the state entertained grandiose notions of growth including industrial developments and agricultural bounty beyond compare. By late 1887 and early 1888, the boom had largely collapsed, leaving some destitute and setting the stage for the growth of Populism and other economic reforms.
Paper presented to the 3rd Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, April 27, 2007.
Research completed at the Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences