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Great Plains Collection

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Buffalo soldiers charging to the rescue

Buffalo soldiers charging to the rescue
Captain Dodges black troopers to the rescue in the west. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Frederic Remington illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Mormons caught in a prairie blizzard en route to Utah

Mormons caught in a prairie blizzard en route to Utah
Mormon hand-cart company struggling across the plains to Salt Lake City. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Native American attack on a western stagecoach

Native American attack on a western stagecoach
Western stagecoach fighting off Native Americans on the plains. Printed color halftone reproduction of a Frederic Remington illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Young Crow Indian

Young Crow Indian
A Crow boy in dance costume, 1905. Printed reproduction of a photograph by Edward Curtis

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Fort Dearborn, on the site of Chicago

Fort Dearborn, on the site of Chicago
Fort Dearborn in 1803, on the south side of the Chicago River. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of an illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: PNAT2A-00002

PNAT2A-00002
Red Cloud, or Mahpiua Luta, Oglala Sioux chief, in quilwork shirt, 1890s. Albertype reproduction of a photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Crow chief

Crow chief
Crow Indian chief in a traditional war bonnet and clothing, circa 1900. Digitally colored halftone of a photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Flintlock pistol used in the fur trade

Flintlock pistol used in the fur trade
Flintlock pistol to be traded at a mountain-man rendezvous reenactment, Fort Mandan, North Dakota. Photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: PNAT2P-00002

PNAT2P-00002
Red Cloud, or Mahpiua Luta, Oglala Sioux chief, in quilwork shirt, 1890s. Albertype reproduction of a photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: PNAT2A-00041

PNAT2A-00041
Sitting Bull. Hand-colored halftone of a 19th-century photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: NATI2A-00016

NATI2A-00016
Earth lodge of the Omaha tribe, Great Plains, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Pioneer family on the Oregon Trail

Pioneer family on the Oregon Trail
Covered wagon of a homesteader family heading west with their belongings. Hand-colored engraving combined with a photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Building the railroad to Bismarck, North Dakota, 1870s

Building the railroad to Bismarck, North Dakota, 1870s
Laying railroad track in winter across the Missouri River at Bismarck, North Dakota, 1879. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Telegraph poles following the transcontinental railroad

Telegraph poles following the transcontinental railroad
Linemen stringing telegraph wire beside the transcontinental railroad on the Great Plains, 1860s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Trading post at Fort Laramie, Oregon Trail

Trading post at Fort Laramie, Oregon Trail
Beaver trap on a Hudson Bay blanket in the reconstructed trading post at Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Digital photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Oregon Trail pioneers passing Chimney Rock

Oregon Trail pioneers passing Chimney Rock
Covered wagons passing Chimney Rock, a landmark on the Oregon Trail, Nebraska. Hand-colored woodcut combined with a photograph of Chimney Rock

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Mormon Trail hand-cart

Mormon Trail hand-cart
Mormon hand-cart replica on the Oregon/Mormon Trail, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska. Digital photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Sioux Nation at Standing Rock Reservation, ND, 1890

Sioux Nation at Standing Rock Reservation, ND, 1890
Taking a census at the Sioux Standing Rock Agency, North Dakota, 1890. Albertype reproduction of a photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Wolf-skins disguising Native American hunters

Wolf-skins disguising Native American hunters
Native Americans in wolf skins stalking buffalo. Hand-colored woodcut of a 20th century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Blackfeet horsemen, 1850s

Blackfeet horsemen, 1850s
Blackfeet warriors carrying guns on horseback, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Omaha Indian village of tipis

Omaha Indian village of tipis
Part of the hoo-thu-ga, a circle of dwellings of the Omaha tribe. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Putting in seed on a bonanza farm, 1800s

Putting in seed on a bonanza farm, 1800s
Seeding grain on a bonanza farm, North Dakota, early 1890s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Native Americans meet Lewis and Clark at Council Bluffs

Native Americans meet Lewis and Clark at Council Bluffs
Lewis and Clark meeting with Native Americans at Council Bluffs, Iowa. Hand-colored woodcut by Patrick Goss, a member of the expedition

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Buffalo herd in South Dakota

Buffalo herd in South Dakota
Free-ranging buffalo herd on the grasslands of Custer State Park, Black Hills, South Dakota. Digital photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: HSET2A-00125

HSET2A-00125
African-American buffalo soldier riding a frisky horse fresh from the herd, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration by Frederic Remington

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: HSET2A-00007

HSET2A-00007
Families in covered wagons crossing the plains. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: NATI2A-00179

NATI2A-00179
Sioux brave heralding the sunrise. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Frederic Remington illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: BUSN2A-00091

BUSN2A-00091
Mountain men greeting each other: " I took ye for an Injin." Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut of a Frederic Remington Illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: AGRI2A-00019

AGRI2A-00019
Cowboys guarding the herd at night during a Texas to Kansas cattle drive 1800s Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Buffalo killed from a train on the Great Plains

Buffalo killed from a train on the Great Plains
Passengers and crew shooting buffalo from a train on the transcontinental railroad, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Oregon Trail covered wagons

Oregon Trail covered wagons
Restored covered wagons (Conestoga wagon at rear), at Scotts Bluff National Monument on the Oregon Trail in Nebraska. Digital photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: American buffalo

American buffalo
Bison, or American buffalo. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Building the transcontinental railroad

Building the transcontinental railroad
Immigrants and other workers laying track for the transcontinental railroad across Nebraska, 1860s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Transcontinental railroad workers attacked by Native Americans

Transcontinental railroad workers attacked by Native Americans
Cheyenne Indians attacking workers building the transcontinental railroad on the Great Plains, 1867. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Transcontinental railroad across the Great Plains

Transcontinental railroad across the Great Plains
Transcontinental railroad track to a station on the Great Plains, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Laying railroad track across the Great Plains

Laying railroad track across the Great Plains
Workers laying track for the transcontinental railroad, 1860s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Supplies in the Fort Laramie trading post, Oregon Trail

Supplies in the Fort Laramie trading post, Oregon Trail
Shelves of supplies in the reconstructed trading post at Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Digital photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Oregon Trail wagons camping for the night

Oregon Trail wagons camping for the night
Pioneers camp at sunset along the Oregon Trail, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: HSET2A-00003

HSET2A-00003
Sod house of a homesteader family on the Great Plains, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Covered wagon on the prairie

Covered wagon on the prairie
A " prairie schooner" heading west. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Oregon Trail pioneers on the Great Plains

Oregon Trail pioneers on the Great Plains
Families in covered wagons crossing the plains. Hand-colored engraving combined with photo of western Nebraska

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Dugout home covered with prairie sod

Dugout home covered with prairie sod
A dugout covered with sod, home of a prairie homesteader, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Sod home of a pioneer family on the plains

Sod home of a pioneer family on the plains
Prairie homestead family preparing for winter at their sod home. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Pioneer name in Register Rock on the Oregon Trail, 1855

Pioneer name in Register Rock on the Oregon Trail, 1855
Oregon Trail travelers name carved into Register Cliff by the North Platte River near Guernsey, Wyoming. Digital photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Wagon tracks on the Oregon Trail, Wyoming

Wagon tracks on the Oregon Trail, Wyoming
Oregon Trail ruts worn into rock by wagon trains near Guernsey, Wyoming. Digital photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Conestoga wagon on the Oregon Trail

Conestoga wagon on the Oregon Trail
Conestoga wagon replica on the Oregon Trail, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska. Digital photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Covered wagon brake detail

Covered wagon brake detail
Brake mechanism of a covered wagon on the Oregon Trail, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska. Digital photograph

Background imageGreat Plains Collection: Oregon Trail pioneer graves, Wyoming

Oregon Trail pioneer graves, Wyoming
Graves of pioneers along the Oregon Trail in Wyoming. Photograph



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