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A Biography of America

The West – Key Events

1862

Pacific Railway Act

Homestead Act

1864

Sand Creek Massacre

1868

Washita Creek battle

1869

Wyoming passes woman suffrage

1872

Credit Mobilier scandal

Yellowstone becomes first national park

1873

Barbed wire invented

1876

Battle of Little Big Horn

1877

Surrender of Nez Percé and Chief Joseph

1881 - 1882

Chinese Exclusion Acts

1883

National time zones standardized

1886

Surrender of Geronimo

1887

Dawes Act

Late 1880s

Farmers Alliances founded

1890

Wounded Knee Massacre

Yosemite National Park established

1892

People’s Party founded

1893

Turner announces closing of the frontier

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