AMERICAN WEST North Dakota Butte de Morale - and 50 similar items
More details about this item!!! NOTE !!! if the image(s) in the description shows a broken image icon(s), right click on the icon(s) and open in new tab to see the larger image(s). Butte de Morale A lithograph from a series of views prepared for the Senate Report exploring the most practical and economical railroad route from the Mississippi River to the pacific Ocean Another Quality Print from Martin2001 Type of print: Lithograph - Original vintage antique print Year of printing: 1853-1855 Artist - Engraver - Publisher: n/a - n/a - Washington, Thomas H. Ford, Printer Condition: Excellent - Very good - Good - Fair. Few light brownish spots in blank margins. Diagonal 'bend' in upper right corner of print. Size of print in inches: 8 x 11 (20 x 28 cm) Type of paper: Thick - Heavier, matte finish - Medium heavy - Slightly heavier - Thin Reverse side: Blank - With text or pictures Notes: Green color around the print in the photo is a contrasting background on which the print was photographed. An excerpt from the report: It lay at at the foot of a high hill or butte, called the Butte de Morale, (see accompanying sketch.) The Butte de Morale is a prominent landmark, rising two hundred and eighty-two feet above the Shyenne river, near its source. Not far west of this the camp of July eighteenth was beautifully located on a range of hills nearly surrounded by salt lakes, though an excellent spring near by furnished an abundant supply of cold fresh water. Here wood was found for the first time after leaving Lake Jessie, ninety miles, back. Near Mouse river salt marshes were passed, and in some places deposits of salt a quarter of an inch thick were observed. Here occurred an engagement between some half-breeds and Sioux. in which one of the former, by the name of Morale, was killed; hence its name. The altitude of this butte, as determined by barometric measurement, is 281.8 feet above the level of the Shyenne river. Our way was strewn by the carcasses of many buffaloes, killed by the Red river hunting-party. At times the air was very much tainted. One of our men reported having rode through a section of land, some quarter of a mile square, on which were strewn the remains of some three hundred buffaloes. In killing these animals, the choice pieces and hides are only taken, while the remainder is left as a prey to wolves or to rot on the prairie. We had wood to-day for the first time since leaving Lake Jessie, on the 11th instant. Our fuel in the mean time consisting of twigs of greasewood and buffalo chips. The sight of a camp fire of wood is quite a treat to us. Our camp is beautifully located on a range of hills, nearly surrounded with salt lakes. An excellent spring near by furnishes us an abundant supply of cold fresh water. These lakes are called the White Wood lakes. Mr. Lander arrived in camp about 3 1/2 o'clock, and reported having crossed a branch of the Shyenne, and after passing over eleven miles of flat country again met the Shyenne, which at that point assumed a more serious character as a railroad crossing, the channel between the banks being about one hundred feet deep. He joined the compass line three and a half miles from camp, where he met a lake full seven miles in length. Mr. Tinkham did not come in until about 61 having travelled over much more country than I expected. The odometer line measured to-day was twenty and a half miles; that pursued by the train was probably two miles longer. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Martin2001 Satisfaction Guaranteed Policy ! Any print purchased from us may be returned for any reason for a full refund including all postage. Powered by Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.
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