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Local Geography: Wright County from 1880 to 1920 Grade 8 Buffalo Community Middle School Fall 2009.

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1 Local Geography: Wright County from 1880 to 1920 Grade 8 Buffalo Community Middle School Fall 2009

2 Largest Cities in Wright County 1880 1) DELANO407 2) MONTICELLO290 3) CLEARWATER218 4) COKATO174 5) ROCKFORD159 6) BUFFALO143 7) MONTROSE141 8) WAVERLY124 9) HANOVER 104 1760

3 Distribution of Wright County’s Population 1880 Population: 18,104 Population of 9 Largest Cities: 1,760 % 1880 Population in 9 Largest Cities: 6% % 2008 Population in 9 Largest Cities: 55%

4 Major Factors Influencing Wright County Settlement in 1880 Most people lived on farms – few in cities RR were dominant form of transportation (faster, efficient, cheaper) Connections to several forms of transportation promoted growth (i.e. Delano) Water transportation on the decline Water power main industrial energy source (lumber, flour and woolen mills) Fertile farm lands (especially prairies) most heavily populated

5 Wright County’s Population 1855 504 1860 3,729 1870 9,457 1880 18,104 1890 24,157 1900 29,157 1910 28,082 1920 28,685

6 Local Geography Wright County 1920 What three cities do you hypothesize will be the largest in Wright County in 1920? Be prepared to explain the logic you used and prior learning that would support your hypotheses?

7 Explain your reasons: Examples: Roads: Which roads? Why those specifically? What will they be used for? Bodies of water (lakes, rivers): Which ones? Why are those more important than others?


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