Large tracts of fertile, cheap land led to huge bonanza farms in the late 19th century
The blacksmith shop on the F.A. Bagg farm, a restored bonanza farm near Mooreton, N.D.
Photo by Sam Moore
The Red River forms the border between North Dakota and Minnesota, and flows north into Canada, where it empties into Lake Winnipeg. The valley is extremely fertile and, even in the 1870s, was ideal for the use of large farm machinery, being flat and treeless with no stones or rocks.
The workers’ bunkhouse on the F.A. Bagg farm. The second floor is the dormitory where the men slept. On the first floor are the kitchen, dining hall, rooms for the cooks and a small sitting room. Most accommodations for workers weren’t this elaborate.