The Old Print Shop

Railroad Building on the Great Plains.

  • ARTIST: Alfred Waud

  • PUBLISHER: Published for Harper's Weekly, New York.

  • MEDIUM: Wood engraving,

    DATE: 1875.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image 9 1/16 x 13 3/8" (23 x 34 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: A view of the construction of the Northern Pacific Rairoad. After surviving the "Great Panic" of 1873 the Northern Pacific slipped into its first bankruptcy on June 30, 1875. Frederick Billings, namesake of Billings, Montana, formulated a reorganization plan which was put into effect. This same year George Custer was assigned to Fort Rice, Dakota Territory, and charged with protecting the railroad survey and construction crews.


  • CONDITION: Overall good condition. Some spotting in the image. Modern handcoloring.