# Thread: How much was \$400 US worth in the late 19th century (1860-1900)?

1. ## How much was \$400 US worth in the late 19th century (1860-1900)?

I was just watching 3:10 To Yuma and the numbers they were throwing around for money was making me curious how much it would be worth today.

Christian Bale's character was trying to get \$200-400 to try and support his ranch, and Russel Crowe's character robbed \$400,000 total over his career as an outlaw. I had a website I knew of that had a calculator that would compare currency worth from years ago to today, but I don't even think the calculator dated back that far. I think the farthest it would go was 1930 or something.

What would \$200 American in the late 19th be today? \$15,000? Less? Maybe \$5,000. They were talking like \$400 back then was a fortune. If that's so, then what the hell would \$400,000 back then be today? Isn't that an ungodly amount for one man to steal back then in today's numbers?

2. well, on average, inflation doubles every 10 years... think of a 1965 mustang was worth roughly \$2500cdn

1965 2500
1975 5000
1985 10,000
1995 20,000
2005 40,000

so its fairly close, I would say multiply by 1.75 to be more accurate

3. Aha, found another website:

http://www.westegg.com/inflation/

What cost \$400 in 1875 would cost \$7722.99 in 2009.
Also, if you were to buy exactly the same products in 2009 and 1875,
they would cost you \$400 and \$21.25 respectively.
and

What cost \$400,000 in 1875 would cost \$7,722,988.71 in 2009.
400 grand back then is worth over 7 and a half million today. That's pretty crazy...

4. Think how inexpensive antibiotic's are now . Think the value of some in 1875 ?

5. I don't think it was possible to even get a hold of. Penicillin was only written about in 1875 by John Tyndall. Shortly afterwards I would imagine it was state of the art in treating infections caused by bacteria, and would probably cost a ridiculous amount of money back then.