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Building a Class Lesson. Using documents and photos to tell a focused story. The Northern Pacific Railroad (NPR) discussed its plans for building a line into Dakota Territory, in its 1864 Company Charter. The railroad comes to the northland. Pre-1870, reliance on water. The RR worker’s life.

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Building a class lesson

Building a Class Lesson

Using documents and photos to tell a focused story


The railroad comes to the northland

The Northern Pacific Railroad (NPR) discussed its plans for building a line into Dakota Territory, in its 1864 Company Charter.

The railroad comes to the northland


Pre 1870 reliance on water

Pre-1870, reliance on water


The rr worker s life

The RR worker’s life


Cutting edge technology

Cutting edge technology


The npr route

The NPR route


Land received

NPR obtained 1,626,178 & 48/100th acres of land from 1871-72, in Minnesota-Dakota Territory

Land received


Year round civilization

Year-round civilization


Regulating farms and towns

Regulating farms and towns


The rails and the land

In its report on the value of lands that the Northern Pacific received from the Federal government, the company estimated the value per acre of land, based on distance from a rail station. The report commented that actual prices would be determined “entirely by the Land Committee” of the NPR.

The rails and the land


An empire based on grain

An empire based on grain


Shipping costs

An 1894 lawsuit filed by a rural bank against the Northern Pacific yielded some accurate information regarding shipping costs that were charged by the railroad.

By the 1890s farmers wanted railroads regulated by government action.

Shipping costs


The rr and small town culture

The RR and small town culture


Rail technology

Rail technology


The northern pacific s property 1900

The Northern Pacific’s property, 1900


Reaction to criticism 1900

Reaction to criticism, 1900


Profits from shipping

In 1912, the NPR’s president told an audience in St. Paul that its profits from shipping rates and passenger tickets were far less than critics charged, saying the company’s $3.5 million earnings in 1911 was “less than 1.5% return to the stockholders.”

Profits from shipping


As history

As history


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