South Dakota


“Our Lands Are Close to Good Railroad Towns and in the Artesian Belt Where You Can Get a Never-Failing Supply of Water.” [Front Cover]

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This fascinating and ephemeral map of South Dakota is emblematic of the process of settlement across the Great Plains as millions of immigrants made their way to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Railroads were the primary catalyst for this growth in population and agricultural development, as the local farmers were reliant on access to distant markets like St. Louis, Chicago, and Milwaukee for their commodities.

The map presents a legible image that clearly defines the county configuration in bright red, with railroads, townships, Indian Reservations, settlements, and major geographic identified in black. The ‘Corn, Stock, and Dairy Lands’ of the E.M. Kiernon Land Company are highlighted in yellow, along the lines of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway. Blocks of statistics in the upper corners provide evident proof that the fertile lands of South Dakota are ripe for opportunity. Additional text on the covers further encourage immediate auction by the audience and detail excursion trips along the railroad.

The map was compiled by E. Frank Peterson in Lake Andes, S.D. and printed by Will Beach Printing Company of Sioux Falls.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1907

Author: E. Frank Peterson

Sheet Width (in): 21.5

Sheet Height (in): 16.6

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Pocket map folded into 24 segments and affixed to original stiff brown paper wraps. Creased along fold lines and some minor wrinkling to the sheet where adhered to the covers. Minor ink offsetting in red visible along the lower portion of the sheet. Near fine overall.


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