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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



Dakota Gasification Company

The sprawling Great Plains Synfuels Plant began operating in 1984. Produces more than 54

Beulah, ND Structural Landmarks

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

General George Custer's last home is reconstructed, as is the central barracks, granary, commissary and a stable. Tours take visitors back to 1875, the year before the 7th Cavalry rode to the Little Bighorn. Museum and tours of On-A-Slant Indian Village'

Mandan, ND Forts


Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Scenic splendor in the savagely beautiful North Dakota Badlands, named for the 26

Medora, ND National Parks

Sully's Heart River Corral State Historic Site

This site marks as base camp established by General Alfred Sully during his 1864 campaign. Rifle pits were dug around the circled wagons but the camp was never attacked;

Richardton, ND Historic Sites

River People's Visitor Center

This visitor center highlights the natural history of the Missouri River Valley as well as its inhabitants from 1000

Center, ND Visitors Centers

Tours of Fossil Sites and Paleontological Area

Visit fossil-bearing sites ranging in age from 30 years to 73

Bowman, ND Archaeology


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