38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

In the decades following the Civil War, the United States emerged as an industrial giant. Old industries expanded and many new ones, including petroleum refining, steel manufacturing, and electrical power, emerged. Railroads expanded significantly, bringing even remote parts of the country into a national market economy.

Industrial growth transformed American society. It produced a new class of wealthy industrialists and a prosperous middle class. It also produced a vastly expanded blue collar working class. The labor force that made industrialization possible was made up of millions of newly arrived immigrants and even larger numbers of migrants from rural areas.

American society became more diverse than ever before.

These amazing pics from Thiophene_Guy documented everyday life of the United States from between the 1850s and 1890s.

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Broadway on a rainy day, NY, 1859

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

The Rag Rorums celebration at St Johnsbury, Vermont, 1959

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Market Day, Hanover Street entrance, Carlisle, PA, 1860

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

The railroad station at Lewistown, PA, circa 1860s

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Civil War era Independence Day picnic, PA, 1862

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Soldiers on Broadway (New York City), men in trees and crowds lining the street during Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession, 1865

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Pawnee Indian camp, 1866

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Christmas in Orford, NH, 1868

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

A family prayer meeting, perhaps in the vicinity of Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1869

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Group of young lady Sunday school teachers, Ottawa, Illinois, circa 1870s

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Minnehaha falls in winter, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1870

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

New Orleans Principal steamboat landing, from Gravier street, looking down the levee, circa 1870

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

The shop was located at showroom at 346 and 348 Broadway, New York, circa 1870s

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Chicago river after the Great Fire, 1871

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Minnehaha falls and bridge, circa 1871

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

An artist sketching ancient ruins, Cañon de Chelle, N.M, circa 1873

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Whirligig in Shützen Park, Philadelphia, PA, 1873

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

The Club Girls of Friend's School, Providence, Rhode Island, 1874

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Family in front of a sod house, Kansas, circa 1875

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

A lady and her horse in Putnam, NH, circa 1880s

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

American Fork Canyon, Wasatch Range, Utah, circa 1880s

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Buildings in Atchison, Kansas, circa 1880s

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

A busy street in Bismarck, Dakota Territory (now North Dakota), 1883

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

A group on Flag Staff Ledge in Mauch Chunk, PA, circa 1885

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

A spelling match in Augusta, Georgia, circa 1885

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Croquet in Augusta, Georgia, circa 1885

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Lightwood merchants in Augusta, Georgia, 1885

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Bathers in the surf at Manhattan beach, Brooklyn, New York, 1889

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

The first ferris wheel, Chicago, 1893

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Circus parade, Washington, D.C., 1894

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Broad Street, Philadelphia, circa 1895

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Independence Day festivities in Marengo, Illinois, 1896

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Wrong end up, Atlantic City, NJ, 1896

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

A pioneer and his family in Oregon, circa 1890s

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Coney Island bathers, NY, 1899

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Decorated San Francisco, circa 1890s

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

Horse drawn trolley traffic on Washington Street, Boston, MA, circa 1890s

38 Amazing Pics Document Everyday Life of the US in the 19th Century

On the beach at Coney Island, NY, 1899