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Depicting Northern Pacific Railway’s crossing of the Missouri River on Ice – Harpers Weekly 1879

Image uploaded on November 19, 2017

This illustration from Harper’s Weekly on March 15, 1879 depicts the railroad’s crossing of the Missouri River on ice.

Due to bankruptcy in the aftermath of the Panic of 1873, a bridge was not completed until 1883 – ten years after the line reached Bismarck

Source: Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (Folio 102.TrR34.1a)

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