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The Early Years

Building a Nation, a Community, and a Bank

  • National Events
  • Regional Events
  • Baker Boyer Events
1837

Samuel Morse invents the telegraph

1846

The first official game of baseball is played in New Jersey

1848

Gold discovered in California

1850

California admitted as 31st state, without slavery

1852

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published

1853

Washington Territory split from Oregon Territory

1857

First elevator installed in New York City

1861

Civil war begins

1865

Civil War ends

1867

United States buys Alaska from Russia

1869

Ulysses S. Grant sworn in as 18th President

1872

Yellowstone established as the first National Park

1873

First cable car in San Francisco

1875

Running of the first Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

1876

Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

1882

The first Christmas tree with electric lights in New York

1883

Whitman Seminary changed to Whitman College

1886

The Statue of Liberty is dedicated in New York Harbor

1889

Washington becomes the 42nd state in the Union

1896

College Basketball’s first 5-on-5 game played in Iowa

1903

Boston wins five games to three in the inaugural World Series

1908

Henry Ford introduces the Model T

Thank you for joining us on a journey through the early years!