Three large swords stand on the hill a memory to the Battle of Hafrsfjord in year 872, when King Harald Fairhair gathered all of Norway under one crown.  The largest sword represents the victorious king, and the two smaller swords represent the defeated kings. The monument also represents peace, as the three swords are stuck in the hill and will never be used again.

Three large swords stand on the hill a memory to the Battle of Hafrsfjord in year 872, when King Harald Fairhair gathered all of Norway under one crown. The largest sword represents the victorious king, and the two smaller swords represent the defeated kings. The monument also represents peace, as the three swords are stuck in the hill and will never be used again.

Homesteaders Breaking Ground, Hettinger County, ND, circa 1900. This may be similar to what it looked like to break sod on the Canadian prairie.

Homesteaders Breaking Ground, Hettinger County, ND, circa 1900. This may be similar to what it looked like to break sod on the Canadian prairie.

Bismarck, North Dakota

Bismarck, North Dakota

Oscar H. Will & Company Seed House :: State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND)

Oscar H. Will & Company Seed House :: State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND)

Fort Abraham Lincoln, North Dakota, in winter, showing the  stables, barracks, officer's houses, and other buildings Published between 1874 and 1889 Credit: Western History/Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library

Fort Abraham Lincoln, North Dakota, in winter, showing the stables, barracks, officer's houses, and other buildings Published between 1874 and 1889 Credit: Western History/Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library

Linda Slaughter, a teacher, pioneer of Bismarck North Dakota, lady farmer. She was active in woman' rights and was a friend of Susan B. Anthony.

Linda Slaughter, a teacher, pioneer of Bismarck North Dakota, lady farmer. She was active in woman' rights and was a friend of Susan B. Anthony.

Linda Slaughter described Bismarck as a growing city with a vigorous business district. This photograph shows downtown Bismarck in 1874. The city had dirt streets and wood framed buildings. Many of the businesses were saloons.

Linda Slaughter described Bismarck as a growing city with a vigorous business district. This photograph shows downtown Bismarck in 1874. The city had dirt streets and wood framed buildings. Many of the businesses were saloons.

Wilton_North_Dakota.jpg (816×528) unknown date

Wilton_North_Dakota.jpg (816×528) unknown date

Men weren't the only ones to claim homesteads on the North Dakota prairie.

Men weren't the only ones to claim homesteads on the North Dakota prairie.

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