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1890sCHICAGO'S 1893 COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION
Columbian Expo ~ Early Adventures: Cavalry/Cowboy/Gold Miner/Shop Keeper
~ Young ERB: Teacher/Writer/Artist/Publisher/Researcher/Photographer
ERB Bio Timeline
The marvels of this futuristic Expo set the teenaged Ed Burroughs on a life's journey in which he remained on the cutting edge of the entertainment media until his death in 1950. . . and beyond. ERB spent the entire summer of 1893 on these grounds which showcased many of the scientific and social advances that would launch America into the 20th Century.
ELECTRIC HORSELESS CARRIAGE
ERB promoted Chicago's first electric horseless carriage driving it around the Exposition grounds - an event staged by his father's American Battery Company. This new invention was also part of the ABC display in the Electricity Building.
Ed and His Electric Flyer
Nikola Tesla's exhibit in which he demonstrated his amazing futuristic inventions was located near the Burroughs battery company and horseless carriage exhibit.
Hagenbeck Animal Exhibit, Midway, first Ferris Wheel, hot air balloon, futuristic architecture, pavilions from far off exotic countries, finger printing, stereoview arcades, etc. all had an incredible influence on the mind set of this adventurous teenager.
1892-95: ERB the Writer - Artist - Publisher - Researcher
While at Phillips Academy, Andover and Michigan Military Academy ERB wrote and edited school newspapers/magazines using some of the most up-to-date printing equipment available at that time. Ed is a probable founder of the The Military Mirror and is a contribuor of drawings and articles to the Cadet newspaper, The Adjutant. He was under the tutorage of Commandant Charles King one of the most successful novelists of the Indian Wars and US Cavalry exploits in the West.
Gold Miner ~ Cowboy
Worked with his Yale-graduate brothers on a revolutionary gold dredging operation.
They built a steam dredge, the Argus, to mine gold on the Snake River.
They live in a large two storey houseboat.
1895: MMA Instructor: Darwin Geology
ERB returned to MMA as an Assistant Commandant where he studied and taught Charles Darwin's groundbreaking Theory of Evolution in his geology courses. Years later he incorporated variations of this revolutionary scientific concept in numerous novels.
1895 Gatling Gun Instructor
Instructed students in the Gatling gun. . . forerunner of the modern machine gun.
This knowledge served him well when he later joined the 7th US Cavalry in Arizona Territory. 1896-97
1898: Photographer and Photo Service and book/magazine distributor
Returned to Idaho : Introduced a photography service to Pocatello as a service of his stationery and magazine store 1898.
Private Rail Car
Toured Eastern USA and Canada in a state-of-the-art private rail car belonging to a friends father. A night on the town in Toronto resulted in receiving severe head injuries from a street brawl. Third of three serious head injuries which many attribute to the lifelong fantastic nightmares - many of which were fodder for his imaginative thinking and writing.
John Coleman Burroughs
Emma's Lament - Ramblin' OB
(with apologies to Ian Tyson)
There's a young man that I know, whose age is twenty-one
He's workin' with the Bar-Y boys in Idaho wilds
Just out of the service, he's lookin' for his fun
Someday soon, goin' with him, someday soon
My parents can not stand him 'cause he loves to ramble on
My father says that he will leave me cryin'
I would follow him right down the roughest road I know
Someday soon, goin' with him someday soon
But when he comes to call, my pa ain't got a good word to say
Guess it's 'cause he's just as wild in his younger days
So blow, you old Blue Norther, blow my love to me
He's ridin' in tonight - my Pocatello fellow
He loves his damned old ramblin ways as much as he loves me
Someday soon, goin' with him someday soon
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