We learn much by studying maps. Maps from each relevant area where our knowledge of our genealogy begins would teach us much regarding our roots.
Lewis and Clark Map--1804 Although this territorial map includes Lewis and Clark's general route to the Pacific Ocean, I hope to include more detailed maps of their trek through what became known as the Dakota Territory
1895 North Dakota Map (partial) This map is certainly incomplete and has its inaccuracies, but it does show the area of McLean County that is familiar to many of the Ecklunds, Larsons, and Reimers and their early neighbors. If one studies and compares the earlier ND map for 1888, some of the town and railroad development can be noted. Check out the following site:
Mapquest Maps of present McLean County areas and Washburn A general look at how those areas look today in 2000