Former city dump now a great park – how times have changed

When I hear the words “the Fourth of July”, just like most people I instantly recall the fireworks, the smell of fresh grilled burgers, the crack of a baseball bat, and other sights, sounds, and smells of an American summer day. I wasn’t really thinking of an underfed army of farmers aiming muskets at an imposing column of British Redcoats and the brave, wise founders who signed their names to the Declaration of Independence, knowing they’re risking their lives if the revolution failed. Nor do I think about General George Washington with a seemingly impossible task of leading the new army against Great Britain, the world’s most powerful empire.

The Fourth of July is also called Independence Day, as it is the birthday of our country.

It was in 1876 when the country was having its hundredth birthday that president Ulysses S. Grant asked that every town, small or large, in the United States who has a speaker, should on July 4th, speak on the accomplishments of that city in its first 100 years. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref="http://etypeservices.com/Cass%20County%20Star%20GazetteID497/"><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>