Spink County

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The area that now encompasses Spink County was virgin prairie grassland 140 years ago, inhabited by Native American Sioux who survived by hunting the millions of roaming buffalo. The land was surveyed a few years after the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876 in accordance with the Land Ordinance of 1785 and the Homestead Act of 1862. Within 25 years, the land was completely covered with farms, ranches, and towns and connected to the rest of the United States by a grid of railroads. Thanks to the then new science of photography, the amazing transformation of vast, treeless, sparsely populated prairie into a completely settled agricultural community is recorded here in wonderful and fascinating detail. Spink County is the pictorial record of an amazing historical movement.
ISBN: 9780738593524
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: South Dakota
Series: Images of America
Images: 190
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Alan Evans is president of the Spink County Historical Society and cocurator at the Spink County Historical Museum. Alan is retired and lives on the Spink County farmstead first claimed by his great-great-grandfather in 1883. Mary Lou Schwartz, a former librarian, is the historian for the Spink County Historical Society and volunteers at both the Chicago & Northwestern Historical Railroad Depot Museum and the Spink County Museum in her hometown of Redfield.
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