A country is born -- and later expands, an "Iron Horse" retires, and we lose three presidents, all on this day.
1845: Writer Henry David Thoreau begins his two-year experiment in simple living at Walden Pond near Concord, Mass. The experiment would result in the book "Walden," published in 1854.
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Washington State National Guard
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