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Sketches in the Dakotah Territory
Sketches in the Dakotah Territory
TitleSketches in the Dakotah Territory
Date of Original1881
DescriptionMontage of five scenes including Indian camp with tipis, railroad station and watertank, steamships on Missouri River, farmstead, and country scene at Bismarck.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectPioneer Era
Subject (LCTGM)Tipis
Railroad tracks
Water tanks
Subject (LCSH)Indians of North America
Organization NameRosebud (Steamboat)
Northern Pacific Railroad Company
LocationBismarck (N.D.)
Burleigh County (N.D.)
Missouri River
North Dakota
United States
Item NumberFolio 102DoG46.1
Format of OriginalLithographs
Dimensions of Original40 x 28 cm.
Publisher of OriginalIllustrated London News & Sketch Ltd.
Place of PublicationLondon (England)
Transcription"Camp of Indians; Station with Tank for Watering Engines, N.P.R.; Railway Transfer boat, River Steamer Rosebud; A Farm; Bismarck" - Identification text for individual images (from top left to bottom).
The Far West of America" -Text above image.
"The Far West of America. The Dakotah Territory, belonging to the United States, was cut off by Act of Congress, in 1861, from the western portion of Minnesota, which latter had been organised as a State in 1858. Its northern boundary is the British frontier of the Canadian Dominion, and it has the State of Nebraska to the south, and the Idaho Territory, to the Rocky Mountains, on its west side. Its extent is 450 miles north to south, and 350 miles east to west, comprising 152, 000 square miles. Its general aspect is that of an undulating plain, gradually rising, with some low terraces, towards the western mountains. The upper Missouri and its chief tributary, the Yellowstone River, flow through Dakotah, and are navigable for small steam-boats in part of their course. The soil is very inferior to that of the North-West Territory of Canada, and the climate is said to be quite as severe; but there are some districts fit for agricultural settlement. for the grazing of cattle it is, perhaps, better adapted, like much of the Western prairie land. The only town of any importance is Yankton, near which are mines of iron and coal. The population consists of a few thousand white people and about as many Indians, who bring in furs, and skins of buffaloes, for sale. Our Sketches represent scenes on the railway lately constructed through Dakotah; the river steam-boats, one with the peculiar stern-wheel for its propulsion; the village of Bismarck, a settler's farmstead, and an Indian camp." - Article (p. 410) accompanying illustration.
NotesTitle from caption with image.
Artist initials in lower left corner "C.R.".
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 102DoG46.1)
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Digital IDrsL00041
Original SourceIllustrated London News, April 23, 1881. p. 412.
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