The Northern Pacific Flyer on the Great Missouri River Bridge, Bismarck, Bad Lands Stereo Card
The Northern Pacific Flyer on the Great Missouri River Bridge, Bismarck, Bad Lands. This is a stereo card. It is undated, but probably dates to the early 20th century. The back of the card reads:
No. 706. THE NORTHERN PACIFIC FLYER ON THE GREAT MISSOURI RIVER BRIDGE, BISMARCK, BAD LANDS.
Bismarck, named after the unifier of Germany, the "man of blood and iron," is the capital of North Dakota, on the Missouri River, and on the Northern Pacific Railroad. It is attractively situated on the east bank of the river, which is here crossed by a magnificent bridge of steel and iron, fifty feet above high water. The capital, completed in 1894 at a cost of $500,000, is the most prominent building. The city controls a very extensive river trade, the principal articles of commerce being coal, with which the surrounding region is underlaid, grain, hides, etc. The city is quite small, as compared with capitals of other states, having less than 4,000 inhabitants, but it is very beautifully laid out and impresses the visitor as the home of many well-to-do and refined peole. The place was settled in 1873, was made the capital of Dakota Territory in 1883, and was chosen State capital of North Dakota in 1889.