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Can pile, Casselton, N.D.
Can pile, Casselton, N.D.
TitleCan pile, Casselton, N.D.
Date of Original1970-03-04
CreatorJennings, Harry
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionMan standing in front of tall pile of cans built in layers held together with chicken wire, with the layer above being smaller than below. Taken in winter with snow on ground. Man unidentified.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectLandmarks
Art & Architecture
Subject (LCTGM)Sculpture
Curiosities & wonders
Personal NameTaubert, Max G., 1891-1973
LocationCasselton (N.D.)
Cass County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item Number2078.76.3.2
Negative Number2078.76.3.2
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original35mm
NotesTitle supplied by staff.
One of a series of nine negatives of the same general scene.
"Tin can sculpture, March 4, 1970" - Identification in finding aid.
"H-2, D10-D13" negative sheet.
Biography/History'The Can Pile' as it is know in Casselton, N.D. was built by Max G. Taubert near his restaurant at the intersection of Highway 10 (now Interstate 94) and Highway 18, just south of Casselton. He got into the habit of tossing empty oil cans into a pile fenced by chicken wire. When it filled the chicken wire, he simply added more chicken wire atop the bottom to add more cans. The structure eventually topped 50 feet. Taubert operated his cafe until his death in 1973.
Bibliographic ReferenceJackson, William. "The Old Can Pile." in More Dakota Mysteries & Oddities. Velva, N.D.: Valley Star Books, 2000.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionHarry Jennings Photograph Collection 2078
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (
Rights ManagementCopyright held by Institute for Regional Studies.
Digital IDrs000197
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