Homesteaders who plant trees on their property given additional 160 acres.
Panic allows speculators to purchase thousands of acres in the Red River valley of North Dakota cheaply.
Biggest strike on Nevada’s Comstock Lode.
Panic of 1873 begins (September–October), setting off a five-year depression.
Coinage Act demonetizes silver.
Comstock Law passed, which outlaws sending birth control information via the U.S. Postal Service; remains in place until 1971.
Financial Panic of 1873 closes stock exchange for ten days in September.