• "Map of South Part of St. Louis County, Minnesota." Courtesy the Iron Range Research Center via the Minnesota Digital Library.

    More info
    Select an item:
    Map of South Part of St. Louis County, Minnesota
    • Creator
    • Prepared from official surveys by E. K. Coe C. E. and John Harrison draftsman
    • Description
    • Topographic map of the southern part of St. Louis county featuring handwritten notations by Ray Segar in pencil and red ink regarding logging railroads and camps in the area. The hand written notations include information on the following: Railroad l... more
      Topographic map of the southern part of St. Louis county featuring handwritten notations by Ray Segar in pencil and red ink regarding logging railroads and camps in the area. The hand written notations include information on the following: Railroad line; logging camps noted with ‘C’. less
    • Rights
    • Use of this image is governed by U.S. and international copyright law. Please contact the Iron Range Research Center, Chisholm, MN, for more information in regard to this image, online at http://mndiscoverycenter.com/research-center/archive
    • Partner
    • Minnesota Digital Library
    • Contributing Institution
    • Iron Range Research Center

  • "Soil map, Polk County, Texas." Courtesy the UNT Libraries Government Documents Department via the Portal to Texas History.

    More info
    Select an item:
    Soil map, Polk County, Texas
    • Date
    • 1935
    • Creator
    • United States. Bureau of Chemistry and Soils. Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.
    • Description
    • Map displays soil types along with creeks, lakes, ponds, rivers, pipelines, roads, towns, schools, churches, gins, lumber railroads, and railroads. Alabama and Coushatta Indian Reservation is indicated. Map includes legend and symbols. 1 map : color ... more
      Map displays soil types along with creeks, lakes, ponds, rivers, pipelines, roads, towns, schools, churches, gins, lumber railroads, and railroads. Alabama and Coushatta Indian Reservation is indicated. Map includes legend and symbols. 1 map : color ; 122 x 102 cm. ; scale 1 inch = 1 mile. less
    • Rights
    • The contents of The Portal to Texas History (digital content including images, text, and sound and video recordings) are made publicly available by the collection-holding partners for use in research, teaching, and private study. For the full terms o... more
      The contents of The Portal to Texas History (digital content including images, text, and sound and video recordings) are made publicly available by the collection-holding partners for use in research, teaching, and private study. For the full terms of use, see https://texashistory.unt.edu/terms-of-use/ less
    • Partner
    • The Portal to Texas History
    • Contributing Institution
    • UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.

  • "Logging Camp near White Earth Reservation, Becker County, Minnesota." Courtesy the Becker County Historical Society via the Minnesota Digital Library.

    More info
    Select an item:
    Logging Camp near White Earth Reservation, Becker County, Minnesota
    • Description
    • Lumber jacks in front of a log cabin in a logging camp during the winter. Near White Earth (or possibly Elbow Lake) in Becker County.
    • Rights
    • This image may not be reproduced for any reason without the express written consent of the Becker County Historical Society
    • Partner
    • Minnesota Digital Library
    • Contributing Institution
    • Becker County Historical Society

  • "1912 Dewey Lumber Company Mill." Courtesy the North Lake County Public Library (Polson, Montana) via Big Sky Country Digital Network.

    More info
    Select an item:
    1912 Dewey Lumber Company Mill
    • Date
    • 1912
    • Creator
    • Thiri, Al
    • Description
    • Waterfront land now occupied by KwaTaqNuk Best Western Resort and Convention Center was once the site of the Dewey Lumber Company's mill.
    • Rights
    • Partner
    • North Lake County Public Library via Big Sky Country Digital Network
    • Contributing Institution
    • North Lake County Public Library, Polson, Montana

Throughout North America’s early history, native peoples lived in some of the largest and most desirable forests on the continent. The Indian Appropriations Act of 1851 forced Native American populations onto reservations, in effect changing American geography. The tribes’ ecological and spiritual relationships with the land, including its forests, often made them protective and territorial in the face of industrial pressures. Maps once depicted large American regions with a general identification of native populations. Once tribes were relocated to very specific areas, their resources were suddenly available to industrialists, and maps evolved to cover the locations and boundaries of the newly depopulated lands as well as reservations. The mapping of reservations, along with built infrastructure like railroads, became, in effect, an act of “taming” the American landscape during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.