1860 Shyenne River

1860 Shyenne River
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Title: “Shyenne River” Artist: John Mix Stanley Date and Place: 1860; Washington DC Publisher: Thomas Ford and Co (report); Saxony, Major & Knapp (lithograph) Reference: “USPRR Explorations and Surveys…1853-55...”; Vol. XII, Book I Dimensions & Type: 6.5 x 9 inches (16 x 23 cm); Tinted Lithograph Condition: VG+; nice clean original plate Description: House ex Doc #56, 36th Congress 1st session. Narrative by Gov. Isaac Steven of his exploration along the 47th to 49th parallels from Saint Paul to Puget Sound. Stevens was territorial governor of Washington and, predictably, lobbied for this route. Eventually, a railroad was built along then this line, but the Northern Pacific came well after the end of the Civil War and the building of the central route. Members of the U.S.P.R.R. Exploring party camp near the Shyenne River. Wagons and tents are visible in a valley. A man and horse look down from hillside in foreground. Flat bluffs are in the background, The Sheyenne River is one of the major tributaries of the Red River of the North, meandering 591 miles across eastern North Dakota. The river begins about 15 miles (north of McClusky, North Dakota, and flows generally eastward before turning south near McVille. The southerly flow of the river continues through Griggs and Barnes counties before it turns in a northeastward direction near Lisbon. The river now forms Lake Ashtabula behind the Baldhill Dam north of Valley City.
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