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Steamboat Benton
Steamboat Benton
TitleSteamboat Benton
Date of Originalbetween 1900 and 1930
CreatorFiske, Frank Bennett, 1883-1952
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionThe Steamboat Benton is docked at the river's edge. Two barrels rest on the deck near the bow. A sign on the stern of the boat reads that the Benton is from the Port of Pembina.
Ordering Information
General SubjectTransportation
Subject (LCTGM)Steamboats
Stern wheelers
Organization NameBenton (Steamboat)
LocationMissouri River
Item Number1952-6412
NotesTitle created by staff.
Relation[Is Part Of] Frank Bennett Fiske Papers, State Historical Society of North Dakota, MSS 10105
[Is Part Of] North Dakota eighth grade curriculum
Biography/HistoryRivers provided the fastest, safest, and most common transport for people and freight until the 1870s. The Missouri River and the Red River were the most important navigable rivers in Dakota Territory. Steamboats depended on wood cut along the shore for fuel and could only navigate the rivers in warm weather when the water level was adequate.
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.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionFrank B. Fiske Photograph Collection 1952
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (1952-6412)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh19526412
OCLC number61156024
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