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Dynamiting remains of North Dakota State Capitol, Bismarck, N.D.
Dynamiting remains of North Dakota State Capitol, Bismarck, N.D.
TitleDynamiting remains of North Dakota State Capitol, Bismarck, N.D.
Date of Original1931
CreatorHendrickson, Nancy
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionRemains of the burned out North Dakota State Capitol are dynamited in Bismarck. The building is already surrounded by rubble. The Sakakawea statue is at the right of the image.
Ordering Information
General SubjectPolitics & Government
Statues and monuments
Subject (LCTGM)Capitols
Personal NameSacagawea
Organization NameNorth Dakota State Capitol (Bismarck, N.D.)
LocationBismarck (N.D.)
AddressBismarck (N.D.) - Boulevard Avenue E.
Item Number00024-H-042
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
NotesTitle created by staff.
Relation[Is Part Of] Nancy Hendrickson Papers Mss 10200
Biography/HistoryNancy Christenson Hendrickson was born February 26, 1886, and was the 6th child of Swedish immigrants. She was the first to be born on the family homestead along the Heart River near Mandan. Nancy attended school classes during the winter, but learned mostly from the many magazines her family subscribed to. In the 1920s, responsibility for the homestead fell to Nancy as her mother fell ill. She worked as a seamstress and engaged in animal photography. Many of her photos won awards and were sold in newspapers and magazines. Nancy met and married Herman Aspens in 1927. Herman died of cancer in 1934. Nancy married her second husband Carl Hendrickson in 1935 and lived on his homestead. Carl died in 1970 and Nancy remained alone on the homestead until her death in 1978.
Early 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 CollectionNancy Hendrickson Photograph Collection 00024-H
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (00024-H-042)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh00024H042
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