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by Gordon L. Iseminger

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Author: Gordon L. Iseminger
ISBN: 0931170400
ISBN13: 978-0931170409
Language: English
Publisher: Center for Western Studies; 1st edition (June 5, 2007)
Pages: 123
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Gordon L. Iseminger is an American author and historian. A professor of history at the University of North Dakota, he is the university's longest-serving faculty member, having joined the faculty in 1962  .

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By Gordon L. Iseminger

By Gordon L. Iseminger. Sioux Falls, South Dakota: The Center for Western Stud-ies, Augustana College, 1988. Photographs, maps, tables, bibliographical essay, index. The definition, surveying, and particularly the marking, with quartzite monuments, of the state boundary between North and South Da-kota provide the major themes for this study. It is obvious that the author, who was born and raised in South Dakota and now teaches history in North Dakota, has a special fondness for these monuments. ISBN 13: 9780931170409.

Along the rugged 360-mile border between North Dakota and South Dakota there once stood 720 quartzite markers, cut from the quarries near Sioux Falls and placed there in 1891 and 1892 by United States surveyor Charles H. Bates and his crew. In The Quartzite Border, Dr. Gordon L. Iseminger of the University of North Dakota recounts, for the first time, the intriguing story behind the surveying and marking of one of the nation's longest state borders.

Based on the author's exhaustive research of Bates' survey notes and his correspondence with the Interior Department and the General Land Office, The Quartzite Border reveals the political machinations of U.S. Senator Richard F. Pettigrew, who attempted to prevent Bates from securing the contract to make the survey, and afterwards sought to discredit his work. Using photographs, maps, and drawings, Dr. Iseminger provides the historical context of the survey, giving special attention to the struggle for statehood, the science of surveying, the stone industry in Sioux Falls, steamboating on the Missouri River, and life in the small towns that bordered the seventh standard parallel two years after statehood.

Yet The Quartzite Border is more than an account of Bates' survey and early statehood times. It is also an impassioned plea for the preservation of the markers, which, Dr. Iseminger writes, 'speak of a restless westering urge and the establishment of twin states where there was once a single territory; they speak of the confident expectations that the unsettled portions of the Dakotas would be filled by eager home seekers who would find the marked boundary to be of special utility as they located their claims; they speak of budding industries in established cities like Sioux Falls and of high hopes for fledgling communities like Winona, White Rock, and LaGrace; and they speak of a vast expanse of virgin prairie across which people had to transport themselves and their goods by railroad, steamboat, and teams and wagons.'

The second printing of The Quartzite Border: Surveying and Marking the North Dakota-South Dakota Boundary, 1891-1892 nearly twenty years after its first publication will be welcomed by those who have been unable to obtain copies because the book has long been out of print. Several corrections have been made to the second printing.

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