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Laying the corner-stone of the capitol of Dakota in Bismarck
Laying the corner-stone of the capitol of Dakota in Bismarck
TitleLaying the corner-stone of the capitol of Dakota in Bismarck
Date of Original1883
CreatorGraham, C.
Creator RoleIllustrator
DescriptionLarge crowd of people, including Indians on horses, gathered around raised platform on scaffolding with people. Block and tackle raises above platform, likely to set cornerstone in place.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectPolitics & Government
Subject (LCTGM)Capitols
Cornerstone laying
Subject (LCSH)Indians of North America
Organization NameNorth Dakota State Capitol (Bismarck, N.D.)
Dakota Territory. Legislative Assembly
LocationBismarck (N.D.)
Burleigh County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item NumberFolio 102.CiB57.1a
Format of OriginalLithographs
Dimensions of Original20 x 25 cm.
Publisher of OriginalHarper's Magazine Co.
Place of PublicationNew York (N.Y.)
Transcription"The Capital of Dakota. The energetic and ambitious citizens of Bismarck, Dakota, were fortunate in securing the Northern Pacific Railroad excursion party at the laying of the corner-stone of the new Capitol. There has been a long struggle between the people of Northern Dakota and those in the southern portion of the Territory for the honor of the capital. Bismarck has finally been agreed upon as the seat of government, and the corner-stone of the edifice was laid September 5, on the arrival of the trains conveying the railroad excursion across the continent. Bismarck was all alive with excitement and enthusiasm. The slender resources of the frontier community were exhausted to furnish forth a pageant befitting the great event. A procession was organized, and, the music and banners, the local dignitaries marshalled the party to a high bluff about a mile and a half from the town, and overlooking the valley of the Missouri, on which the new Capitol is to stand. A rough scaffolding served as a platform for the orators and chief men of the occasion. All around were grouped cowboys, citizens, frontiersmen, visitors from afar, and natives of the soil. The closeness with which modern civilization jostles barbarism on the frontiers of the republic was illustrated at the Bismarck celebration by the picturesque intermingling of the American aborigines with representatives of the various cities of the Union and of Europe. There were Sioux from the Standing Rock Agency, sixty miles south of Bismarck, among the spectators of the ceremony, in which participated General Grant, ex-Secretary Evarts, Mr. Henry Villard, Secretary Teller, and notables from England, Germany, and France. No less a person than the eminent Sioux chief Sitting Bull looked upon the motley gathering. Other famous chiefs in the party were Flying Bym, Crow Eagle, Long Dog, Two Bears, and Gray Eagle. It is not long since these chieftains claimed for their people the vast valley of the Missouri, and they only retreated before the advance of the white man with his civilization when overpowered by numbers and superior weapons of war. Now the capital of Dakota dominates the region, and very soon a noble building will rise on the bluff above the town, a conspicuous landmark for many miles around. The shrill call of the railroad whistle, the clatter of trains, and the whir of manufacturing industry will dispel forever the primeval silence of the land of the Dakotas" - Accompanying text, on page 603.
NotesTitle from caption.
Bibliographic Reference"The Capital of Dakota, " Harper's Weekly, Sept. 22, 1881. p. 603.
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.CiB57.1a)
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Digital IDrsL00029
Original SourceHarper's Weekly, Sept. 22, 1883. p. 596.
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