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The town of Olathe in Kansas plans a free meal for a thousand for the Fourth of July but two thousand show up

Kansas, 1857, zoomable map
07/04/1860
The town of Olathe in Johnson County, Kansas had been founded in 1857 and held its first Fourth of July celebration in 1860.  The planned celebration advertised that a free meal would be on hand for all who came and prepared food for a thousand people.  Unfortunately, double that number showed up.  The free meal celebration was never again attempted in the town.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Ed Blair, History of Johnson County, Kansas (Lawrence, KS: Standard Publishing Company, 1912), 97.

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