The River

Featured Image: Illustration captioned Steamboat Landing, in Henry Van Dyke, “The Red River of the North,” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine 60, 360 (May 1880), 813.

William Day (lithographer), Peter Rindisbacher (draughtsman), hand-coloured lithograph, “The Governor of the Red River, Hudson’s Bay, Voyaging in a Light Canoe, 1824” (1825). Source: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1989-484-6.

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“Tremendous Flood.—Great Loss of Property,” Washington DC Daily Union (25 August 1852), 4.

tremendous flood

“Damage by Flood in Minnesota,” Richmond VA Daily Dispatch (25 August 1852), 3.

damage by flood

“Destruction of the Selkirk Settlement,” Wheeling VA Daily Intelligencer (30 August 1852), 2.


“Great Flood at the North,” Fayetteville TN Observer (2 September 1852), 3.

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Note, Pomeroy OH Meigs County Telegraph (7 September 1852), 4.

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“Great Flood at the North,” Gallipolis OH Journal (9 September 1852), 2; an identical article was published earlier as “Great Flood of the North,” Ravenna OH Portage Sentinel (1 September 1852), 3.

Gallipolis journal., September 09, 1852,

“Summary,” Honolulu HI Polynesian (20 November 1852), 1.


“Steamboating on the Red River of the North, the Saskatchewan, and Lake Winnipeg,” New York NY Herald (26 December 1858), 2.


“The Red River of the North, Baltimore MD Daily Exchange (2 February 1859), 2.


“Steamboat On The River”, “The Flood and Storm”, “A New Steamboat Route,” and “Selkirk Settlement,” St. Cloud MN Democrat (16 June 1859), 2.

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“The Red River of the North Opened,” Memphis, TN Daily Appeal (14 July 1859), 2.


“The Road to Red River and the First Steamboat,” St. Cloud Democrat (26 September 1861), 3.

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