Cincinnati Boom

With the passage of the Homestead Act (1885), land was homesteaded for $1 per acre and a great deal of land was open for settlement. The St. Andrew Railroad, Land, and Mining Company from Cincinnati, Ohio bought a lot of property near St. Andrew. In 1887, the St. Andrew Railroad, Land, and Mining Company put out a map showing the lands belonging to the company.

The land was cut into lots 25 feet square and sold for $2 each. There were more than 300,000 sold. The phrase, "Beautiful St. Andrew's Bay" was first used in ads to sell this property. The "Cincinnati Boom", as this was called, brought thousands of people to settle. Traveling by bicycle was one form of entertainment. Traveling by horse and carriage was the custom of the day.

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