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Sacandaga park was popular July 4 venue

June 30, 2014
By PETER BETZ , Leader Herald

In 1904, the average new home cost $5,350, about $135,693 in today's inflated economy. An average automobile cost $680. Almost 14,000 "horseless carriages" were manufactured, but there were only 141 miles of paved roads across America to drive on. The average annual blue-collar salary was $471. Only 14 percent of homes had bathtubs. Marijuana, heroin, morphine and "Paris Green," a popular rat poison sometimes also employed to eliminate unwanted mates, bosses, or rivals in romance, were all available at drug stores.

 
 
 

 

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