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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

Enchanted Highway

Metal sculptures, including "World's Largest Tin Family," "Teddy Rides Again," "Pheasants on the Prairie," "Grasshoppers in the Field," "Geese in Flight," and "Deer Crossing."

Regent, ND Arts

New Salem Historical Society/Custer Trail Museum

Nine buildings; school, church, blacksmith shop, 1910

Almont, ND Museums

Sitting Bull Burial State Historic Site

The site marks the original burial ground of Hunkpapa Sioux leader Sitting bull, who was killed on Dec. 15, 1890

Fort Yates, ND Historic Sites




Chimney Park State Historic Site

This site memorializes the life of Antoine de Vallombrosa, the Marquis de Mores, who arrived here in 1883

Medora, ND Historic Sites




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