Territorial Capitol, Yankton

Territorial Capitol, Yankton, Dakota, ca. 1880
SAHRL 389-53

When the territory was organized, Yankton, which had been founded in 1857, was chosen as the capitol. With a thriving business community and a bustling port, Yankton was in the most populated portion of the territory. It would remain the capital until the seat of government was moved to Bismarck in 1883.