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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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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

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

Honeyman's Music Room and Eleanore's Doll Room

This music lover's private collection features over 50

Hettinger, ND Museums

Painted Canyon Visitor Center

Stop here for one of the most magnificent views of the Badlands. Overlook is open 24

Medora, ND Visitors Centers

Dory's Antique Car Museum

Large number of restored antique automobiles. Museum also includes license plates from 1916 to the present, 1920

Marmarth, ND Museums


Initial Rock Interpretive Site

Site in the Badlands along Davis Creek showcases rocky outcropping with signatures carved by two of Custer'

Belfield, ND Historic Sites

Glen Ullin Museum

Museum exhibits include a frontier church, school house and a pioneer house from the area. Museum houses 700

Glen Ullin, ND Museums

Huff Indian Village

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark, the site preserves a large prehistoric village occupied by the Mandan Indians around 1450

Huff, ND Archaeology



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

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