When Cedar Rapids was first established in 1838, William Stone named the town Columbus. In 1841 it was resurveyed and renamed by N.B. Brown and his associates. They named the town Cedar Rapids for the rapids in the Cedar River at the site, and the river itself was named for the large number of red cedar trees that grew along its banks. Cedar Rapids was incorporated on January 15, 1849. Cedar Rapids annexed the community of Kingston in 1870.wikipedia
1871 - Woman Chief Engineer of Fire Department At Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Miss S. C. Gardner has made such timely discoveries of fires, and has rendered assistance thereat so coolly and efficiently, that the City Council is about to appoint her Chief Engineer of the Fire Department. St Joseph Herald Saint Joseph, Michigan January 7, 1871 Added: 4/3/2014 1:02:41 PM - 1 Updated: 6/17/2014 7:13:48 AM - 1
1872 - Bad Game Mr. S. Levi, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, recently held a pistol in his hands, and in a playful manner, pointed it towards his body, saying, "Here goes my life!" It proved to be loaded, and the ball entered his side just below the heart, inflicting a probably mortal wound. St Joseph Herald Saint Joseph, Michigan March 16, 1872 Added: 4/3/2014 11:01:36 AM - 1 Updated: 6/17/2014 7:14:07 AM - 1
1882 - Storm Cedar Rapids, Iowa, June 23. - The following particulars have been learned of the storm of Thursday; It was a hurricane - not a tornado -- and swept over all area of 20 miles in width; some damage was done at Walker and Rowley; also as far north as Oliver. The centre of the greatest force and...Read MORE...
1903 - BURN TO DEATH IN HOTEL FIRE. MANY KILLED AND INJURED IN CEDAR RAPIDS HOLOCAUST. CLIFTON HOUSE BURNS. STRUCTURE TOTALLY WRECKED - MANY JUMP FROM UPPER WINDOWS. PITIFUL AND SICKENING SIGHTS FOLLOW JUMPS FOR LIFE - INJURED REMOVED TO IMPROMPTU HOSPITALS - DELEGATES TO CONVENTION WERE GUESTS.
(By Associated Press) Cedar Rapids, Feb. 20. - Between fifteen and twenty persons were burned to death and twice that number were seriously injured in the fire that ...Read MORE...
1916 Cedar Rapids, a city of Linn co., Iowa, on the Cedar River and on the Chicago and Northwestern, the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern and other railroads, 98 miles NNW. of Burlington. It is the seat of Coe College, and has breweries and manufactures of machinery, carriages, agricultural...Read MORE...
1928 - November 11 - WMT-AM in Cedar Rapids IA begins radio transmissions
1956 - FLOOR OF BRIDGE DROPS; COUPLE IN FALLING CAR HURT. Cedar Rapids News - The concrete floor of the bridge over Prairie Creek on C street SW collapsed at noon Monday and a Worthington Acres couple were injured when their car plunged into the void and turned over. Injured were MR. and MRS. GEORGE D. WASENDORF. He is 56, MRS. WASENDORF is 40.
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