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Christ Paetou, largest man in Dakota Territory
Christ Paetou, largest man in Dakota Territory
TitleChrist Paetou, largest man in Dakota Territory
Date of Original1878
CreatorFisher and Company, photographers
Creator RolePhotographers
DescriptionStudio portrait of Christ Paetou, claimed the largest man in Dakota Territory, sitting in a chair. He is wearing a vest, pants, boots and a jacket.
General SubjectPeople
Pioneer Era
Subject (LCTGM)Portraits
Portrait photographs
Curiosities & wonders
Personal NamePaetou, Christ
LocationValley City (N.D.)
Barnes County (N.D.)
Dakota Territory
Item NumberBC22
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original31 x 26 cm.
Publisher of OriginalFisher & Co. Photo
Place of PublicationValley City (N.D.)
Transcription"Christian Cutner" and "Weight 4-4-8 when this was taken"--Handwritten on top front of photograph mat.
"Fisher, Valley City, N.D."--Printed on front of photograph.
Biography/HistoryChrist Paetou, had the reputation of being the largest man in Dakota Territory, came to Barnes County in October of 1877. He staked a claim and then walked to Fargo to file on it. Here he bought a span of mules and drove them back to his claim, three miles east and one mile south of Worthington, now Valley City. He returned to River Falls where his family was staying and the entire family came to Worthington (Valley City). Mr. Paetou, who weighted 425 pounds in 1878, weighed 408 pounds at the time of his death. A photo of Christ Paetou and a pair of his shoes are on display in the Barnes County Museum.
Bibliographic ReferenceInformation from page 190 in Barnes County History, Barnes County, North Dakota. Printed by Taylor Publishing Company, 1976.
Repository InstitutionBarnes County Historical Society
Repository CollectionBarnes County Historical Society Photograph Collection
Credit LineBarnes County Historical Society (BC22)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Owned by Barnes County Historical Society.
Ordering InformationBarnes County Historical Society address:
315 Central Ave. N.
Valley City, ND 58072
Phone number: 701-845-0966
Fax: 701-845-4282
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdmBC22
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