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Asher & Adams Dakota map
Asher & Adams Dakota map
TitleAsher & Adams Dakota map
Date of Original1873
CreatorAsher & Adams
Creator RoleCartographer
DescriptionThe details on this map show the extent of the land survey in northern Dakota Territory in 1873, and a few counties are identified. All of the military posts are situated with the major exception of Fort Buford (along with the badlands and the western boundary of the state) which is located west of the western edge of this map. Topographical features can be seen, but unlike earlier maps were not emphasized by Asher & Adams.
Ordering Information
General SubjectMaps, stamps and seals
Pioneer Era
Subject (LCTGM)Maps
Forts & fortifications
LocationDakota Territory
Item NumberMap 978.402 A825a 1873
Format of OriginalMaps
Dimensions of Original57 x 40 cm.
Publisher of OriginalAsher & Adams
Place of PublicationNew York (N.Y.)
NotesRelief shown by hachures.
Map detached from atlas.
Relation[Is Part Of] North Dakota History textbook materials
[Is Part Of] North Dakota eighth grade curriculum
Biography/HistoryThese two maps show the progress of the railroad. Johnson's map, created in 1862 before the NPRR had a charter, shows a far more northern route for the railroad. The proposed route avoided crossing the main body of the Missouri River. The 1873 map shows the actual route of the NPRR to that date. It follows a route familiar to North Dakota drivers today-Interstate 94. The railroad determined the location of the cities which were connected by the highway nearly 100 years later.
Asher and Adams compiled this map twelve years after Dakota Territory was officially established. At that time, settlement still clung to the eastern edge of the territory, with the exception of a small settlement at "the crossing" named Edwinton, soon to be renamed Bismarck. Asher and Adams made railroad construction the focus of many of their maps. The Northern Pacific Railroad reached the Missouri River in June 1873. This 1873 map shows completed construction to Edwinton. The planned route to continue the Northern Pacific is shown with a plain line. Other railroads are concentrated in the southeastern corner of the territory near the capital city, Yankton. A couple of lines indicate planned routes for railroads that were not built.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionState Historical Society of North Dakota Map Collection
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (Map 978.402 A825a 1873)
Digital IDshMap978.402A825a1873
OCLC number276305135
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