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Fort Ridgley and South Pass Wagon Road

 Unprocessed Material — Box: 03751 B
Identifier: H2009-021

Content Description

The collection consists of fifty-five photocopied pages of a journal dating from June 22, 1857 to November 3, 1857 of the construction of the Fort Ridgley and South Pass Wagon Road. The journal was kept by Ros A. Fisher, secretary for Col. Nobles. Page twenty-seven is missing from the journal. Colonel William H. Nobles was Superintendent of the Fort Ridgley and South Pass Wagon Road. In 1857, Nobles headed an expedition of the proposed wagon route from Fort Ridgley (in Minnesota), over the Big Sioux River, James River, and ending at the Missouri River (near Ft. Thompson and Ft. Lookout); with the mindset that it would eventually become the location for a transcontinental railroad. It is reputed as the first public wagon road in the South Dakota area.

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  • Event: 1857


0.1 Cubic Feet