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Steamer Selkirk at Grand Forks, Dakota Territory
Steamer Selkirk at Grand Forks, Dakota Territory
TitleSteamer Selkirk at Grand Forks, Dakota Territory
Date of Original1882
CreatorCaswell, William d. 1910
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionA steamboat docked between two buildings. Buildings of wooden construction are on either side. People are standing on all decks of the boat.
Ordering Informationhttp://history.nd.gov/archives/whatphotos.html
General SubjectTransportation
Water
Subject (LCTGM)Steamboats
Rivers
Floods
Organization NameSelkirk (Steamboat)
LocationGrand Forks (N.D.)
Dakota Territory
Red River of the North
Decade1880-1889
Item NumberA3913
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original17 x 11 cm.
Transcription"Caswell & Davy, Corner Superior Street and West First Avenue, Duluth, Minn."--Printed on back of photograph.
"W. Caswell, Photographer, Grand Forks, Dak."--Stamped on back of photograph.
"About 1882. E. J. Lander Real Estate on right where Herald Building now stands. On left Ed [illegible] store.
Biography/HistoryThe Selkirk, a wood-hulled sternwheel steamboat, was built by James J. Hill, Alexander Griggs and associates at McCauleyville, Minnesota, in the winter of 1870-71. In 1872, she became part of the newly formed Red River Transportation Company. In 1877, she carried the steam locomotive, The Countess of Dufferin, and its cars to Winnipeg to serve the Canadian Pacific. In 1882, flooding on the Red River raised water more than 40 feet above the low water mark, submerging the normal landing in Grand Forks. The Selkirk was wrecked at Grand Forks, N.D., Oct. 25, 1887.
Bibliographic ReferenceBill, Fred A. and J.W. Riggs. Life on the Red River of the North, 1857 to 1887, p. 14. Baltimore: Wirth Brothers, 1847.
Rolczynski, John. When Steamboats Plied the Red: Interesting Aspects of Steamboating on the Red River of the North, p. 19. Grand Forks, ND: John Rolczynski, 2000.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionState Historical Society of North Dakota Photograph Collection A
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (A3913)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Digital IDshA3913
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