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View of Fort Rice, Dakota Territory
View of Fort Rice, Dakota Territory
TitleView of Fort Rice, Dakota Territory
Date of Originalbetween 1869 and 1870
DescriptionA view from an elevated position, probably a blockhouse, of the parade grounds and enlisted men's barracks. A tall flagpole with flag stands in front of the barracks on the right. A blockhouse is visible in the distance.
Ordering Informationhttp://history.nd.gov/archives/whatphotos.html
General SubjectHistoric sites
Military
Pioneer Era
Subject (LCTGM)Forts & fortifications
Barracks
Flagpoles
Flags
Lawns
Blockhouses
Military facilities
Wooden buildings
Organization NameUnited States. Army
LocationFort Rice (Fort Rice, N.D.)
Decade1960-1969
1970-1979
Item NumberC1628
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Title created by staff.
Relation[Is Part Of] North Dakota eighth grade curriculum
Biography/HistoryFort Rice was built quickly of cottonwood logs harvested from the banks of the Missouri River. The logs were not properly dried and during the winter, cold wind blew through the cracks. The post was re-built in 1868. Though the officers' wives complained that their quarters were cold and drafty, the new post was fairly modern in construction.
Fort Rice was built very quickly in the summer of 1864. The cottonwood logs were green and cracked during the winter. None of the buildings had frost proof cellars, so fresh vegetables, such as potatoes, could not be kept fresh without freezing. Poor living conditions and lack of vegetables in their diets led to a high rate of disease and death. Fort Rice was rebuilt in 1868.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionState Historical Society of North Dakota Photograph Collection C
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (C1628)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Digital IDshC1628
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