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Steamboat Scarab & barges at landing Fort Yates, N.D.
Steamboat Scarab & barges at landing Fort Yates, N.D.
TitleSteamboat Scarab & barges at landing Fort Yates, N.D.
Date of Originalbetween 1906 and 1918
CreatorFiske, Frank Bennett, 1883-1952
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionA steamboat and two barges are moored along the shore of the Missouri River at the Fort Yates landing.
Ordering Information
General SubjectTransportation
Subject (LCTGM)Steamboats
Organization NameScarab (Steamboat)
LocationFort Yates (N.D.)
Missouri River
Item Number1952-6280
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original18 x 13 cm.
Transcription"Steamboat Scarab and barges at Fort Yates landing. Fiske Foto"--Handwritten on front of photograph.
Biography/HistoryThe Scarab, a sternwheel packet with a wood hull, was built in Pierre, S.D., in 1906 and was originally named the W.D. Walden. She was renamed by the Benton Transportation Co., but they did not operate her very long inasmuch as she burned expensive "eastern" coal. She was sold October 1918 to the Flesher Towboat Co., Mt. Vernon, Indiana.
Frank Fiske served as an assistant steamboat captain prior to his lifelong work as a studio photographer, mostly associated with Fort Yates, N.D. He learned the trade from S.T. Fansler, post studio photographer, and remained in Fort Yates to document the town, the Standing Rock Agency, and the changing ways of the frontier. Fiske was also a writer, and served for a time as a newspaper editor, and wrote a popular column carried in many newspapers. He was best known for his Indian photographs, which depicted everyday Indian life, as well as studio views.
Bibliographic ReferenceWay, Frederick. Way's Packet Directory, 1848-1983. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University, 1983.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionFrank B. Fiske Photograph Collection 1952
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (1952-6280)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh19526280
OCLC number61156024
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