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Fargo, Dakota, head of steamboat navigation on the Red River
Fargo, Dakota, head of steamboat navigation on the Red River
TitleFargo, Dakota, head of steamboat navigation on the Red River
Date of Original1881
CreatorRogers, W. A. (William Allen), 1854-1931
Creator RoleIllustrator
DescriptionAlong the bank of the Minnesota side of the Red River with steamboat approaching grain elevator in distance, men building boat, man pointing showing a couple location on a map with nearby covered wagon. Two other men loading a stove onto barge and another barge on opposite shore. Men and building across river.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectTransportation
Subject (LCTGM)Rivers
Grain elevators
Covered wagons
Construction workers
Organization NameGrandin Line Elevator A (Fargo, N.D.)
LocationRed River of the North
Fargo (N.D.)
Cass County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Moorhead (Minn.)
Clay County (Minn.)
Item NumberFolio 102.FaG46.3
Format of OriginalLithographs
Color images
Dimensions of Original28 x 40 cm.
Publisher of OriginalHarper's Magazine Co.
Place of PublicationNew York (N.Y.)
Transcription"Red River of the North. Our illustration on page 588 shows the settlement of Fargo, on the west side of the Red River of the North, just at the head of steam navigation, as it appeared when our artist visited the spot a little more than a year ago. this river rises in Minnesota, runs for a short distance to the south and west, and then northward into Lake Winipeg, Manitoba. It is very tortuous in its course, its length being about twice that of straight lines following its three principal directions. The current is sluggish, except at the 'chutes, ' and the water, although not disagreeable to the taste, is very muddy, like that of the Mississippi. The spring freshets to which the river is subject vary in duration and height according to the strength and number of the ice gorges. The village of Fargo stands on Dakota soil, and is now a flourishing place, with ample railroad communications with other parts of the country. The structure in the centre of the sketch is the Grandin farm grain elevator, the farm itself lying about forty miles to the northward. On the right is seen the unfinished hull of one of those singular-looking light-draft river steamboats used on the Western rivers for carrying freight. A land agent appears in the foreground, eagerly pointing out to a family of immigrants the beauties and advantages of some Eden of the wilderness, where they can settle, and 'grow up with the country.' On the left bank, in front of the cabin, lies a river scow, bottom up. Such craft are constructed in this position, and when completed are launched by being turned over until they strike the water. Fargo now possesses several churches and school houses, two or three newspapers, a post office, and other public buildings, and its position with regard to navigation and lines of railroad assures its rapid growth" - Text (page 583) that accompanies image.
NotesTitle from caption.
Black and white version also available in collection.
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.FaG46.3)
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Digital IDrsL00056
Original SourceHarper's Weekly, Aug. 27, 1881. p. 588.
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