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Ruins of North Dakota State Capitol building, Bismarck, N.D.
Ruins of North Dakota State Capitol building, Bismarck, N.D.
TitleRuins of North Dakota State Capitol building, Bismarck, N.D.
Date of Original1931
DescriptionThe Sakakawea statue looks out over the ruins of the original North Dakota State Capitol building in Bismarck. Bricks and other building materials lie on the ground, suggesting the ruins have been partially dynamited.
Ordering Informationhttp://history.nd.gov/archives/whatphotos.html
General SubjectPolitics & Government
Statues and monuments
Subject (LCTGM)Dynamite
Ruins
Capitols
Sculpture
Personal NameSacagawea
Organization NameNorth Dakota State Capitol (Bismarck, N.D.)
LocationBismarck (N.D.)
Decade1930-1939
Item Number2011-P-043-04
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Biography/HistoryEarly on Sunday morning, December 28, 1930, the capitol building's janitor heard a loud cracking noise. Looking around, he found nothing, but when he went outside, he saw flames leaping from the Senate Chambers on the fourth floor. Though he called the fire department right away, the building was much too engulfed in flames to be saved. The fire destroyed the building except for the two lower floors of the north wing.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionNorth Dakota Capitol Burning Collection 2011-P-043
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (2011-P-043-04)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Digital IDsh2011P04304
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