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Fascinating view of an encampment on the Maple River in South Dakota, prepared as part of the United States survey for the most practicable route for a railroad line to the West Coast of America, conducted just prior to the Civil War.

A scenic view as seen by the artist, John Mix Stanley, in 1853, The camp on the Maple River where members of the United States Pacific Railroad party celebrated the Fourth of July in 1853 . Isaac Steverns reports in his Narrative, "After dusk we raised the American flag."