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This Is What North Dakota Looked Like 100 Years Ago… It May Surprise You

The history of North Dakota is always a fascinating subject for me. Within a span of just months sometimes, parts of the state went from wild prairie land full of native tribes to booming towns that popped up as the railroad spread across the state. Eventually, many of those railroad towns died down and fell into obscurity. Others went on to become the cities and towns we know today. I did some digging to find some pretty awesome photographs of places in North Dakota from as far back as when it was still just one big Dakota Territory in the late 1800s, spanning all the way up to the late 1930s.

Some of these photographs are shown as two of the same image side by side. That is because they were made for use in a stereoscope, which was basically the View-Master before the View-Master. The two images would appear to merge into one 3D image when viewed on a special device.

Without further ado, let’s travel through time….

From prairies to now, this is just a small snippet of how the state has evolved until today where it continues to shift and grow.

Leah
Crazy old cat lady in training, includes enthusiasm for knitted sweaters. Farm livin', film lovin', pasta cookin', graphic artist and writer from the good ol' midwest!