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 ====== A Visit to Boone County in 1890 ====== ====== A Visit to Boone County in 1890 ======
-By: Cathy Collopy, Dinsmore Homestead ​+By: Cathy Collopy, ​[[Dinsmore Homestead]] 
  
 Originally published: October, 2007 in the //[[Boone County Recorder]]// ​ Originally published: October, 2007 in the //[[Boone County Recorder]]// ​
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 Intended to entertain, the story illustrates the growing divide between rural and urban American at the turn of the century. ​ Although only a few hours away from Cincinnati by steamboat (quicker by [[railroads|railroad]]),​ Enid described a county that was isolated from the modern world. ​ She found this quaintly amusing and yet psychologically therapeutic. Intended to entertain, the story illustrates the growing divide between rural and urban American at the turn of the century. ​ Although only a few hours away from Cincinnati by steamboat (quicker by [[railroads|railroad]]),​ Enid described a county that was isolated from the modern world. ​ She found this quaintly amusing and yet psychologically therapeutic.
  
-On the second day of her trip, Enid visited ​Belle View” which, she wrote, was supposed” to be a town – it had two stores and a post office, three houses, a church, and part of an unpaved street.”  She described one of the stores as a curiosity.”  It was the kind of country store where you ask for the Bible, and the Storekeeper,​ with a smile, hands you a chapter or two torn out, saying his stock is very low at present.’”  ​Enid characterized Boone farmers as a lazy lot, working only enough to keep them alive, yet jolly and kind hearted as the day is long.”  They did not keep the frenetic pace of city dwellers and their wants were not the same as the grasping materialists who gave the Gilded Age its name.+On the second day of her trip, Enid visited ​"​[[belleview|Belle View]]" ​which, she wrote, was "supposed" ​to be a town – it had "two stores and a post office, three houses, a church, and part of an unpaved street." ​ She described one of the stores as a "curiosity." ​ It was the kind of country store "where you 'ask for the Bible, and the Storekeeper,​ with a smile, hands you a chapter or two torn out, saying his stock is very low at present.'" ​Enid characterized Boone [[farming|farmers]] as "a lazy lot, working only enough to keep them alive, yet jolly and kind hearted as the day is long." ​ They did not keep the frenetic pace of city dwellers and their wants were not the same as the grasping materialists who gave the Gilded Age its name.
  
-Alcohol also divided rural areas from urban ones.  Enid, used to drinking freely in Cincinnati and Louisville, found a reaction of horror” in [[Burlington]] when she ordered a beer.  This disappointment aside, Yandell recommended the rural experience to her readers.  ​All mankind would be benefited,” she wrote, by such a visit, explaining that it helped to compensate for the unnatural” life in the city that dulls all our finer senses and love of nature.”  Ms. Yandell described a Boone County that no longer exists – a world permanently altered by subdivisions,​ highways, and modern technology.+Alcohol also divided rural areas from urban ones.  Enid, used to drinking freely in Cincinnati and Louisville, found a reaction of "horror" ​in [[Burlington]] when she ordered a beer.  This disappointment aside, Yandell recommended the rural experience to her readers.  ​"All mankind would be benefited," ​she wrote, by such a visit, explaining that it helped to compensate for the "unnatural" ​life in the city that "dulls all our finer senses and love of nature." ​ Ms. Yandell described a Boone County that no longer exists – a world permanently altered by subdivisions,​ highways, and modern technology.
  
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