A Tribute to Pioneer Living
This small cabin was constructed in 1878
by Norwegian immigrant Carl Bjerke
Jensen and his nephew John Bjerke.
Carl moved to Dakota Territory from
Minnesota with his father, Jens, and
brothers, Hans and . . . — — Map (db m176586) HM
Kathryn, a typical prairie town, sprang
from the landscape with railroad
construction. Although the area was
settled by pioneers in the late 1870s, the
arrival of a Northern Pacific Railroad line
in 1900 and the establishment of a
cooperative . . . — — Map (db m176712) HM
This oak log home built in 1878
by Carl Jensen and his nephew John
Bjerkie was used as a community
center by the single men of the time.
A short distance to the north was
the Walker flour mill, one of the
earliest on the Sheyenne river.
. . . — — Map (db m175433) HM
During the mid-1880s, the Sheyenne
River Valley was beginning to fill with
settlers, many of whom were
Scandinavian Lutherans eager to
follow faith and tradition in providing
religious instruction to their . . . — — Map (db m177201) HM
The Walker family, Minnesota emigrants,
had milling in their blood. In 1879, Hiram
Walker established a mill in Valley City.
A few years later, his son Myron took over
and built a new mill at Oakville—he later
bought . . . — — Map (db m177164) HM
The gently rolling landscape here is typical of the Glaciated Plains, a vast area that extends south from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, through northern and eastern North Dakota, into eastern South Dakota. Glaciers flowed south through this area 12,500 . . . — — Map (db m162958) HM
This rest area is located in a Tree Claim that was planted in 1884.
A Tree Claim was issued to homesteaders if they promised to plant at least 10 acres of trees for their continuous supply of fuelwood and fence posts. They would then be given . . . — — Map (db m162955) HM
Born in Germany in 1887, Herman Stern immigrated to America in 1903, where he took work at the Straus Clothing store in Carrington. Stern later managed the Straus’ North Dakota businesses from his store in Valley City, where he lived for the . . . — — Map (db m99291) HM
When the last students walked out of the
King School in 1967, their departure
marked the end of an era—the closure of the last operating one-room schoolhouse
in Barnes County. Once, over 100 of these
tiny institutions dotted . . . — — Map (db m175564) HM
1830 Beginning of the railroad era in the United States.
1850 9,021 miles of track are completed, all east of the Mississippi.
1869 The First Transcontinental Railroad is completed when the Golden spike is driven in Utah Territory, . . . — — Map (db m183737) HM
1920 Peggy Lee is born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota.
1924 Norma's mother, Selma Egstrom dies.
1928 The Egstroms move from Jamestown to Nortonville.
1934 The Egstrom family moves to Wimbledon.
1936 Norma . . . — — Map (db m183734) HM