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Southwest, North Dakota

Southwest North Dakota

In North Dakota, history is not found where it's musty, dusty or dark. History is found in the fresh, cool waters of the Missouri River, meandering by giant centuries-old cottonwoods near Lewis and Clark's Fort Mandan. It hangs on the pungent scent of sagegrass in a Mandan Indian earthlodge.

It pierces the crisp morning air as a bugler calls cavalry re-enactors and visitors to the parade grounds. It whispers from fossil bones where tourists and scientists work side-by-side to uncover its treasures (how cool is that?) And it clomps down the halls of "bonanza farm" bunkhouses and pioneer town boardwalks. North Dakota has made legends of many men and women. You know their names: Lewis, Clark, Sakakawea, Custer, Sitting Bull, Roosevelt. Now it's time for you to do what they did, and let North Dakota shape your legend.

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Mandan Historical Society Museum

Take a walk in the Past Lane - Posters, artifacts, pottery and postcards on display from the history of our city.

Mandan, ND Museums

North Dakota State Railroad Museum

The railroad museum represents the railroad industry for our region by displaying 11 pieces of rolling stock. Five acres filled with full-size railroad artifacts and equipment.

Mandan, ND Museums

Mystic Theater

Built in 1914 as a silent movie and vaudeville theater, the restored theater is now used for the local productions. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Marmarth, ND Historic Theatres

Custer House

Guided tour of Gen. George and Libbie Custer's home. Self-guided tour of Fort Abraham Lincoln, home of the 7

Mandan, ND Famous Homes

On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village and Custer House

The On-A-Slant Indian Village is a 400-year-old Mandan Indian Village, which thrived for 200

Mandan, ND Archaeology

Chateau de Mores State Historic Site

This 26-room, two-story frame building was built in 1883 as the summer residence of the Marquis'

Medora, ND Museums

Killdeer Mountain Battlefield State Historic Site

Site commemorates battle fought July 28, 1864, between 2,200 troops commanded by Gen. Alfred Sully and 6,000

Killdeer, ND Battlesites

De Mores Memorial Park

Memorializes the life of Antoine de Vallombrosa, the Marquis de Mores. The park displays a bronze statue of the Marquis de Mores donated in 1926

Medora, ND Memorials

Pitchfork Fondue

Experience unique dining on top of one of the highest bluffs offering a spectacular view of the scenic Badlands and the town of Medora. Ribeye steaks are fondued "western style" with all the fixin'

Medora, ND Venues

North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

Center for Western Heritage and Cultures:

Medora, ND Halls of Fame


Honeyman's Music Room and Eleanore's Doll Room

This music lover's private collection features over 50

Hettinger, ND Museums

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