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Near Mouse River
Near Mouse River
TitleNear Mouse River
Date of Original1859
CreatorStanley, John Mix, 1814-1872
Creator RoleIllustrator
DescriptionOverlooking valley with what appears to be a river at bottom. Wagon line extends from foreground to hills in far background. Small group of trees near river.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectEnvironment
Subject (LCTGM)Rivers
Wagon trains
LocationSouris River
North Dakota
United States
Item NumberFolio 102.BoM68.1; F593.U58 Vol.12;
Format of OriginalLithographs
Color images
Dimensions of Original23 x 30 cm.
Publisher of OriginalSarony, Major & Knapp Lith.
Place of PublicationNew York (N.Y.)
Transcription"U.S.P.R.R. Exp & Surveys, 47th & 49th parallels. General Report, Plate XV" - Printed above image.
"The configuration of Mouse River valley, as well as of its tributaries, resembles that of the Sheyenne.--(See sketch) High ridges divide the plateau bordering the stream from that extending into the prairie, the coulees intersecting it and opening into the river on the one side, gradually growing imperceptible as they make into the prairie on the other. The general course of the river, and of its principal branch, the Riviere des Lacs, is nearly parallel to that of the Missouri, for the distance we followed it, of eighty-seven and a half miles to its source, and separated from that river by the Plateau du Missouri, varying from thirty-five to fifty-five miles in width. Many of the coulees reach to the edge of the Missouri plateau; and in the examination for a good passage for the wagon train, secluded spots were found where beetling crag and winding stream, venerable trees and greenest sward combined in scenes of much picturesque beauty. Its valley is from half a mile to a mile wide, about two hundred feet below the prairie level, and is well wooded with maple, oak, ash, and elm. The deep coulees run back from it for fifteen or twenty miles, and must be avoided by keeping far from the river itself. They usually contain a stream of good water, and sufficient timber on the banks for camping purposes. One of the bluffs of the coteau, twenty miles from Mouse river, was found by Mr. Moffett to be seven hundred and two feel above its level, and a hill seven miles from camp rose to two hundred and fifty-six feet." - Text from 'General Review of Country', p. 84.
NotesTitle from caption with image.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionDakota Lithographs and Engravings Collection Folio 102
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (Folio 102.BoM68.1)
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Digital IDrsL00025
Original SourceReports of Explorations and Surveys to Acertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean. Supplement to volume I. 1959.
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