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Scenes in Bismarck, Dakota
Scenes in Bismarck, Dakota
TitleScenes in Bismarck, Dakota
Date of Original1878
CreatorRogers, W. A. (William Allen), 1854-1931
Creator RoleIllustrator
DescriptionMontage of five scenes with largest showing audience in opera house watching performance on stage. Other images from top down includ Indians selling buffalo robes, rail car with sail on railroad tracks, two men sitting in front of a liquor store and a wagon train on trail, likely heading for the Black Hills of South Dakota.
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General SubjectCity & Town Life
Subject (LCTGM)Opera houses
Ox teams
Covered wagons
Liquor stores
Stages (Platforms)
Railroad tracks
Telegraph lines
Subject (LCSH)Indians of North America
Indians of North America - Commerce
LocationBismarck (N.D.)
Burleigh County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item NumberFolio 102.CiB57.3
Format of OriginalLithographs
Dimensions of Original29 x 40 cm.
Publisher of OriginalHarper's Magazine Co.
Place of PublicationNew York (N.Y.)
Transcription"Scenes in Bismarck. On page 988 will be found a series of sketches in and about the town of Bismarck, Dakota. Our artist writes as follows regarding the scene in the opera-house. 'The night I attended, a gentleman who was posted gave me the names and histories of many of the audience. A couple of men came in who seemed to be bosom-friends. One was small and light, the other a tall, burly fellow. The little man is under sentence of hanging, the other was the sheriff. Near by, on the other side, sat 'Chang' a noted desperado, who has killed several men about here when he had nothing else to do. As the acting is not remarkably interesting, the audience furnish a part of their own amusement. One of the small lads of the town is pasting a notice of next week's opening of the regular season on the proprietor's back. When performers are scarce, the leading lawyer of the town performs on the trapeze. It is due to his influence that the condemned man has the liberty of the place.' The telgraphic repair car is a novelty, but of great practical service. It runs with a side or back wind, and is sometimes almost lifted from the track bodily, and makes tremendous time. Recently they made the trip to Fargo, 200 miles, in fifteen hours. The Black Hills freight train consists of eight or ten wagons coupled together, and oxen all hitched together. The little groggery with the pelican over it is a characteristic feature of Bismarck. Indians selling robes is a frequent scene on the street here." - Accompany text, on page 990.
NotesTitle from caption.
Titles for separate images are (top to bottom, left to right): Selling Buffalo Robes, The Telegraph Repair Car, Bottled Groceries, The Opera House, and Black Hills Freight Train.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionDakota Lithographs and Engravings Collection Folio 102
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Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (Folio 102.CiB57.3)
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Digital IDrsL00033
Original SourceHarper's Weekly, Dec. 14, 1878. p. 988.
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