More artwork added to Downtown Bismarck alleys

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Another piece of artwork made its debut in downtown Bismarck Thursday afternoon.

It's a wet plate photograph depicting Bismarck back in the 1870s when the downtown area saw its fair share of cowboys, gambling and brothels. The artist and spectators have high expectations for the new piece.

"I think this is great. It's a great public event, it's a way to get the community together and to raise awareness of Bismarck history," says Emily Ergen, Archivist State Historical Society of North Dakota.

"Well I hope people will ask what it is, there's a plaque here that tells of what we kind of did here. And it's just tippin' our hat to history, something that actually happened here in downtown in the 1870s," says Shane Balkowitsch, Artist.

If you're wondering how the photo will hold up to North Dakota winters, a varnish was added and hopes are it will keep the photo looking good for 20 to 30 years.

The plaque is located just east of 3rd and Broadway.