Publication: Department of Immigration and Statistics, Territory of Dakota, 1887, Pierre, Dakota Territory
First edition. 8vo. Printed wrappers, frontispiece of the territorial capitol in Bismarck; 498 pp; 2 colored maps; many illustrations of buildings throughout the territory; index. Printed in Sioux Falls, Dakota, by Argus-Leader Company, Printers, 1887. At the time of the publication, P. F. McClure was the Commissioner of the Department of Immigration and Statistics. The back cover has a message printed on it from McClure requesting that anyone interested in "24,000,000 Acres of Government Land in Dakota, Still Vacant and Subject to Homestead and Pre-Emption” should request “Pamphlets of every Section of the Great Territory – The Government Land Law, Etc." The long sub-title is a good summary of the contents of this publication which was produced to encourage settlement into the Dakotas in the late 19th century. The completion of a railroad system in the 1880s going east and west was a major incentive for introducing the potential of the Dakotas to potential immigrants. Scarce on the market, this booklet is a major source of information about the development of the Dakota Territory, and eventually the states of North and South Dakota. The back cover has separated from the booklet, but is present; the spine and front cover are chipped around the edges. The text block is tight and in very good condition.
Inventory Number: 48756