By Paula M. Nelson
Western South Dakota 1900-1917
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2 Most Americans living at the turn of the century were well schooled in the frontier myth. The movement to the West had been glorified in song and story for much of the nineteenth century. As the frontier came to a close, a variety of popularizers melded history and fantasy in varying proportions to produce a West of romance and adventure for the enchantment of a rapidly urbanizing and industrializing nation. The nationwide tour by Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show gave many people their first glimpse of "real" western costumes and traditions.
FrontIer and pioneer lifeSouth Dakota. South DakotaHistory. Title. 3´031 86-11405 ISBN 0-87745-156-7 cloth, ISBN 0-87745-250-4 paper On the title page: A farm woman in the garden with her hoe, Timber Lake area, Dewey County, 1915. Except as noted, all photographs are reproduced courtesy of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Page v TO MY MOTHER, who has always had faith and to the memory of my father, who would have been pleased Page vii Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction xi 1. Merely the Pioneers 1 2.
Paul and Pacific, commonly known as the Milwaukee Road, announced its plans for expansion first. Chamberlain, on the east bank of the Missouri River, had been its terminus since 1880. The company planned to build to Rapid City from that point. The Chicago and North Western line took up the competitive challenge shortly thereafter, announcing its decision to build west from Pierre to Fort Pierre and beyond, with Rapid City its ultimate destination. The routes of both lines passed through the territory ceded by the Lakota in 1889.
After the West Was Won: Homesteaders and Town-Builders in Western South Dakota, 1900-1917 by Paula M. Nelson