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Wyoming entered the Union as the forty-fourth state.
The Forest Reserve Act authorized the president to set aside “forest reserves” from public domain lands to be managed by the Department of the Interior. “Forest reserves” later became National Forests.
In Scenic, Washington, the Great Northern Railway, which crossed the Cascades and reached Seattle, was completed.
The Newlands Reclamation Act was passed, funding irrigation projects in the arid lands of the West. The act also created the Reclamation Service to oversee irrigation efforts.
Utah became a state and reinstated woman suffrage, which had been lost in 1887.
In Tacoma, Washington, the mayor and police department led a riot to drive Chinese from the city.
An anti-Chinese riot in Seattle drove most Chinese from the city.
Joseph K. Glidden of DeKalb, Illinois, received a patent for barbed wire.
Helen Hunt Jackson’s A Century of Dishonor exposed the federal government’s harsh and duplicitous treatment of American Indians in the West.
Conflict broke out when the United States failed to honor its 1868 treaty promising to assign prairie lands to the Bannock Indians. Pushed west by white incursion and suffering from starvation, the Bannock and Northern Shoshone tribes raided white settlements for food. The Army put down the raids, and the Bannock surrendered and were returned to their reservation near Fort Hall, Idaho.