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These Rare Photos Of The Pioneer Days In North Dakota Will Open Your Eyes To A Different Time

We’ve explored much of North Dakota in the 1900s, from the 30s to the 70s, through old photographs here so far. And we’ve even gone back a little further than that a few times. But now, we’re going to go back into some of the state’s earliest days – before it even was a state. Back in the 1850s and up until the 1890s, North Dakota was a vast land that was seen in the eyes of the settlers as a “wonderland” for farming and life. It wasn’t even North Dakota yet, as it was still connected to South Dakota as the single, large Dakota Territory.

Photography wasn’t quite as widespread then, so photographs of it are scarce, but we have compiled some of these rare photos showcasing what life was like then. You’ll notice a lot of them are double images side-by-side. These were “stereoscopic” to be viewed with a stereoscope, in order to see them with a 3D effect. You won’t get that here, but because of these popular images back in the day, many were able to be saved and preserved so we may view them here.

Check out some of the other parts of history viewed through photographs that we’ve covered:

The 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

From the Great Depression

During the turmoils of WWII

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!