I was recently catching up on my Ancestry.com weekly updates when I came across a story entitled The Year was 1880. As I’ve always said the late 19th century was most interesting because so much was happening at once. This article gives you a good feeling for that. I was going to add in a comment and Laura Ingalls Wilder was spending her first full year in De Smet, South Dakota, but they beat me to it. Just scroll all the way to the bottom.