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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 building a line into Dakota Territory, in its 1864 Company Charter.


The rr worker s life
The RR worker’s life building a line into Dakota Territory, in its 1864 Company Charter.


Cutting edge technology
Cutting edge technology building a line into Dakota Territory, in its 1864 Company Charter.


The npr route
The NPR route building a line into Dakota Territory, in its 1864 Company Charter.


Land received

NPR obtained 1,626,178 & 48/100 building a line into Dakota Territory, in its 1864 Company Charter.th acres of land from 1871-72, in Minnesota-Dakota Territory

Land received


Year round civilization
Year-round civilization building a line into Dakota Territory, in its 1864 Company Charter.


Regulating farms and towns
Regulating farms and towns building a line into Dakota Territory, in its 1864 Company Charter.


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 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.


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 Pacific yielded some accurate information regarding shipping costs that were charged by the railroad.


Rail technology
Rail technology Pacific yielded some accurate information regarding shipping costs that were charged by the railroad.


The northern pacific s property 1900
The Northern Pacific’s property, 1900 Pacific yielded some accurate information regarding shipping costs that were charged by the railroad.


Reaction to criticism 1900
Reaction to criticism, 1900 Pacific yielded some accurate information regarding shipping costs that were charged by the railroad.


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 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.”


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