Thinking West: Advertisements for Western Land

Thousands went West believing the hype surrounding those western lands being sold by the nation’s railroads. Railroad companies sold the West as a place of prosperity and plenty. The West was an edenic paradise, where one could grow grapes the size of watermelons and melons the size of wagons–a true land of milk and honey. Although there was little rain in the West, it was said that “rain follows the plow.” People honestly believed this was true. They ripped up the tough sod of the West for crops, expecting blessings of rain and plenitude….

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