Erik Ramstad and the Empire Builder by Steven Keillor Soft Cover
Erik Ramstad and the Empire Builder by Steven Keillor Soft Cover
Erik Ramstad and the Empire Builder by Steven Keillor Soft Cover
Erik Ramstad and the Empire Builder by Steven Keillor Soft Cover
Erik Ramstad and the Empire Builder by Steven Keillor Soft Cover
Erik Ramstad and the Empire Builder by Steven Keillor Soft Cover

Erik Ramstad and the Empire Builder by Steven Keillor Soft Cover

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Erik Ramstad and the Empire Builder by Steven Keillor Soft Cover
 
Erik Ramstad and the Empire Builder by Steven Keillor
Soft Cover
151 pages
Copyright MMII/2002
CONTENTS
ChapterPage
1   Sigdal  1
2  K 7
3   Kand Kick-the-Wall  13
4  It's Ramstad, Not Reierson  17
5" Simplicity Itself"  27
6   Settling Near the Mouse  35
7   "The Lot Is Cast Into the Lap"  47
8   "Is Minot Near a Growing Town?"  59
9    "Is Lot Twenty, Block Two Sold? Answer Immediately!"  77
10   "Move On Toward the Setting Sun"  89
11   The Second Dakota Boom  103
12   A Momentous Year - 1911  119
13   Epilogue  129
Sources and Resources  133
Photo and Art Credits  138
Special Bonus Photo Section  139
ON THE BACK COVER:
Minot...the last outpost of civilization...
Minot was the end of the SPM&M's track-laying for 1886. The railroad would head for Great Falls, Montana, the following year, but for now Minot was the last stop, the last outpost of civilization, with a box car for a station, and tents for houses, and shacks for stores. That winter of 1886-87, as passenger trains pulled into town, the conductor walked down the aisle announcing ...
"This is Minot, Minot - the end of the line -prepare to meet your God!"
STORY OF ERIK RAMSTAD provides a fascinating picture of a man who helped build the town of Minot, Dakota Territory. Historian Steve Keillor tells the REAL story of how a frontier town came to be, revealing how the townsite company and James J. Hill called all the shots in the 1880s. Keillor's illuminating book shows how a Norwegian immigrant named Ramstad fled from his past and built a new life in Dakota. This is not a nostalgic trip through Mr. Ramstad's life, instead it is a probing account of what immigration and town-building looks like when an observer removes his or her rose-colored glasses. Keillor's outstanding book deserves to be read widely as an incisive look at railway towns of the American frontier.
- Steve Hoffbeck


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