Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring, Minnestoa

Throughout the 1800s, the United States dealt with repeated scourges of Rocky Mountain locusts. They would come and go periodically, but in 1873 they descended with a vengeance upon much of the upper Midwest. Every summer, the grasshoppers hatched from eggs laid the previous year and the plagues started all over again. This went on for four years.

The grasshoppers consumed pretty much anything they came into contact with, including crops, fruit, wood, and even clothes. Citizens of the...

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