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Line of soldiers and riot police sweeping protestors out of town during Zip to Zap confrontation, Zap, N.D.
Line of soldiers and riot police sweeping protestors out of town during Zip to Zap confrontation, Zap, N.D.
TitleLine of soldiers and riot police sweeping protestors out of town during Zip to Zap confrontation, Zap, N.D.
Date of Original1969-05-10
CreatorPeters, James
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionLine of soldiers and riot police sweeping students out of town. Roadway is littered with debris and trash after the Zip to Zap festival.
Ordering Informationhttp://history.nd.gov/archives/whatphotos.html
General SubjectMilitary
Sports & Recreation
People
Subject (LCTGM)Militias
Soldiers
Festivals
Riots & demonstrations
Riot control
Students
Police
Subject (LCSH)Zip to Zap Riot, Zap, N.D., 1969
Organization NameNorth Dakota. National Guard
LocationZap (N.D.)
Decade1960-1969
Item Number00229-13
Format of OriginalCopy negatives
Biography/HistoryThe Zip to Zap started as an article published in the North Dakota State University student paper The Spectrum, and suggested tiny Zap, N.D. could become the Fort Lauderdale of the North. Zap town leaders were initially welcoming, and the story was picked up nationally. The National Guard was alerted and advised to report to Zap for weekend duty between May 9-11, 1969. 3000 college students descended on the town. The town's supply of beer, food, and other consumables was rapidly depleted, and cold temperatures led students to setting a bonfire in one of the Zap city streets. As local law enforcement could not handle the students, the North Dakota National Guard, using fixed bayonets, moved the students out of town. Damage from the Zip to Zap totalled over $25,000, and a cafe and bar were totally destroyed. The student governments of NDSU and UND ultimately paid the bills for damages.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionZip to Zap a Grand Festival of Light and Love Collection 00229
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (00229-13)
Rights ManagementCopyright status unknown.
Digital IDsh0022913
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