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  • Barracks foundation stone
    Barracks foundation stone
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  • North Dakota sky over the post
    North Dakota sky over the post
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  • Explanatory marker
    Explanatory marker
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    by Basaic Updated Dec 2, 2014

    Fort Rice was established in what was then the Dakota Territory on 7 July 1864 by General Alfred H. Sully during his expedition here in that year. It was named for General James K. Rice from Massachusetts who was killed in battle during the civil war. The fort had a very strategic location along the Upper Missouri River about 32 miles south of Mandan. The different bands of Sioux here resented this intrusion and there were several battles at Fort Rice and other forts in the area. In its first year 81 men died at Fort Rice but only 7 in combat. The biggest killer was disease. The fort was abandoned in 1878 because it was no longer needed. Today all you really see are depressions where the buildings were and some markers set up by the WPA in the 40s. There is also a map of how the fort looked and a sign with some information about the history of the fort, and a nearby cemetery. Hours are sunrise to sunset, weather permitting. Admission is free. No services available.

    There is a small camping area set up next to the site; but I don't know anything about it (photo 3).

    Fort Rice Fort Rice Cemetery Camping Area
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    by fred98115 Written Feb 11, 2014

    We were following the Lewis and Clark Trail and happened by this unassuming site near the Missouri River. It was once a post whose purpose was to protect trade in the region. All that remains of the post are a few barracks foundation stones in a field near the river. Quiet is this place's middle name. We enjoyed just meandering around getting a feeling for the place. Photographers: this is a great place to experiment with the wide-angle lens.

    North Dakota sky over the post Flag pole for the post Explanatory marker Foundation stones missouri River in the distance
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