Days Past: Late-1800s census counted single-digit tallies in some local towns
Since the early 1800s, and perhaps earlier, there had been a well-used foot trail between the Prescott/Verde area of the Arizona Territory and the Colorado River.
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#1 Apr 27, 2010
how did people feel about the census in that late 1800s, and how they mite have felt this way?
#2 May 17, 2010
i am quite sure that the census takers were off duty pony express riders trying to pick up a few bucks.. the wagon trains in the area were probably counted as a village. i can see it now... howdy miss. where is yer man? oh she says, he is backin the wagon out on the trail for we gotta go. goin to make prescott by dark. well miss, he says ; where are you all fromm she says why we are from thataway oklahoma.. we have 8 kids, a cow, 5 hens, and 3 little children playing monopoly over yonder in that wagon.. our names are miltonbradley and fischerprice . i wass queen for a day once, mister. we make fifteen dollars per year and we do not pay taxes. about that time, here comes mister. he said effie honey git our guest a swig of that whiskey i have kept for special events. after many hours of swapping trail stories and drinking whiskey, the census taker rode off in the sunset........
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