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[South Dakota Photographica]
[FIFTEEN CABINET CARD PHOTOGRAPHS DOCUMENTING THE WILD WEST TOWN OF ALCESTER, SOUTH DAKOTA]
[N.p., possibly Sioux Falls, S.D. or Sioux City, Ia, 1890. Fifteen black-and-white photographs, each 4 x 5 1/2 inches, on slightly larger card mounts. Mounts slightly bowed. One image with short horizontal crease, some slight surface wear and light soiling to several images. Overall very good. A collection of fifteen rare images of the small frontier town of Alcester, South Dakota. Alcester is located in the southeastern corner of South Dakota, between Sioux Falls and Sioux City, Iowa, about thirty-five miles north of the Missouri River, but only eight miles from the South Dakota-Iowa border along the Big Sioux River. Alcester was founded in 1879 by the Western Town Lot Company of Chicago, ahead of the expansion of the Chicago Northwestern Railroad's extension into Dakota Territory. One of the town's 135 plats could be purchased for $50 each, and the town grew steadily over the next decade, when a train depot, a lumber company, and several other businesses opened to service the new development. The motto of Alcester is "Small Town Treasure," which the city has been able to maintain, as the population at the last census was only 807 residents. The present grouping of photographs shows Alcester in its fledgling years, with the most notable image featuring clapboard businesses ranged down the west side of Iowa Street, with several horse-drawn wagons parked in front. This image is the only photograph present here with an identifying caption in the negative, which reads, "West Side Iowa St. Alcester S.D." In addition, there are individual images of most, if not all, of the … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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