The Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894

It was entitled ‘The Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894’ and it explained how innovation in a free marketplace solved the problem urban planners of that day said was unsolvable. You see, in the 1890’s horses were the primary means of moving things around, including people, and as the cities grew the number of horses grew. It was estimated that New York City had 100,000 horses producing 2.5-million pounds of horse manure every day, and they couldn’t just let it pile up.


Many people think it was vaccines that saved us from infectious disease. They’re mistaken. It was sanitation. We eventually figured it out and cleaned up our filth—which was the breeding ground.

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