chapter  3
Settling the West: The 1880s
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The Ingalls crossed into Dakota Territory in the late summer of 1879. When the family arrived, the railroad graders were already dismantling their flying camp and preparing to reestablish it at their next worksite several miles due west. Like traveling carnival workers, the men tore down shanties, dismantled the cookhouse and bunkhouses, loaded their equipment into wagons, and packed out. The departing railroad workers were leaving a string of towns in their wake; the city of Brookings, just east of the Big Sioux River, would be founded by the site of the railroad camp they had just torn down.