Much has changed since North America was discovered more than 500 years ago. Life evolved from horses and carriages to railroads, from agriculture to manufacturing, and from the industrial revolution to the Internet. Change is inevitable.
The United States made more material progress in the 20th century than in the entire world combined in all the previous centuries. These many trends increased life expectancy, dramatically decreased infant mortality rates, and diseases such as tuberculosis, polio, typhoid, whooping cough, and pneumonia were not as fatal.
In the meantime, the United States has left behind Vanished Civilizations, Ghost Towns, Lost Trails & Highways, Roadside Attractions, Amusements, Landmarks and Buildings, Beloved Businesses, and Disappearances & Mysterious Deaths.
We step upon the threshold of 1900… facing a brighter dawn of civilization.
— New York Times, January 1, 1900