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    Mandan Indian Village

    by Florida999 Written Aug 25, 2006

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    This is located inside Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, but you have to pay extra for it. You also have to go on a guided tour , which is understandable, since they have put an incredible amount of effort in constructing the village with lots of attention to detail.

    It was very interesting to learn about the Mandan Indians, whom I had never heard of before this. There aren't any real Mandan's left now, most of them died from smallpox when settlers arrived and with them the diseases that the Indians were not immune too.

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    Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

    by Florida999 Updated Sep 6, 2006

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    Besides the Mandan Indian village, the State Park had other historical military buildings, like Custer House, to visit ( also reconstructed, not the originals) that were interesting. You can also see the foundation of some of the original fort.

    Custer House and original foundation of fort

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    Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Feb 14, 2005

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    Theodore Roosevelt National Park is in western North Dakota in the area commonly referred to as the North Dakota Badlands. The Park is divided into north and south units, with a combined area of 70,447 acres. This, in my opinion, is the most beautiful and interesting part of North Dakota. The park is accessed by two loop roads, the South Unit Scenic Loop Drive, 36 miles, and the North Unit Scenic Loop Drive, 28 miles. The park is always open, but these roads may close temporarily during winter due to ice and snow. On my August visit there I saw Bison, Pronghorn, Elk, Prairie Dogs, a Golden Eagle and other wildlife.

    As a young man Theodore Roosevelt first visited this area on a hunting trip in Sept. 1883. He returned again the next year and established Elkhorn Ranch. Later, as the U.S. President who did more for conversation than any other, Roosevelt said, "I never would have been President if it had not been for my experience in North Dakota."

    President Theadore Roosevelt established the U.S. National Forest Service, including 150 National Forests. Using the 1906 antiquities act, he proclaimed 18 National Mounuments. He also established 5 National Parks and 51 National Wildlife Refuges.

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    Maximum $10 per private vehicle

    Stephen at Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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    World's Largest Grasshopper

    by zrim Written Aug 23, 2003

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    Another fifteen miles down the Enchanted Highway we come to the World's Largest Grasshopper. This grasshopper is forty feet tall and fifty feet long and it certainly dwarfs Becky who is standing next to its rear hip (though I suppose technically grasshoppers don't have hips since they don't have bones).

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    Meeting the grasshopper head on

    by zrim Written Aug 23, 2003

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    The scrap metal sculptures are the brainchild of "artist" Gary Greff, a retired school teacher. The idea is to turn scrap metal into giant art and follows the philosophy first articulated in that modern American classic baseball book "Shoeless Joe": "If you build it, they will come." The "they" in this particular case are tourists with pockets full of money. The only hitch as far as I can tell is that there does not seem to be any place along the Enchanted Highway where the tourist can unload his or her cash.

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    A covey of giant metal pheasants

    by zrim Updated Oct 27, 2003

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    The Enchanted Highway calls for a fairly serious time comitment. Starting from Dickinson the entire round trip is over 100 miles long and the speed limit along the Enchanted Highway is only 45 mph. The entire route is going to take over two hours. Bring water because there is not much in the way of services along the route.

    The lead pheasant is forty feet tall, seventy feet long and weighs in at 13,000 lbs. That's a lot of pheasant.

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    Knife River Indian Villages

    by zrim Updated Aug 6, 2003

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    A National Historic site which means it is part of the national park system. No entrance fee, a very nice little museum filled with artifacts and a great bookshop.

    In 1804 when Lewis and Clark visited, the Hidatsa village at Knife River had 3000-5000 inhabitants. The explorers invaluable guide, Sakakawea, lived in this village before joining the expedition.

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    The Enchanted Highway

    by zrim Written Aug 23, 2003

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    Giant metal sculptures dot the so-called Enchanted Highway between Gladstone and Regent about 15 miles east of Dickinson. The first sculpture just south of Gladstone is "Deer Crossing" which is still less than a year old having been "sculpted" in September 2002.

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    On-A-Slant-Village

    by zrim Written Aug 3, 2003

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    The earthlodges at On-Slant-Village at Fort Abraham Licoln State Park are masterfully recreated. At one time there were eighty-five of these earthlodge structures on this site next to the Missouri River. The inhabitants were called the Mandan people. The Mandan were devestated by small pox in the 1780s and this village was eventually abandoned.

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    Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

    by zrim Written Aug 4, 2003

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    The oldest state park in North Dakota and probably the most expensive. They hit us up for a $5 vehicle fee and a $5 per person entrance fee for a total of $15. But this is a very nice and unique park that has commanding views of the Missouri River. Not only can you visit a U.S. federal fort and western outpost, but also a recreated Mandan indian village. This photo shows the visitor center which includes very nice modern exhibits on the natural history and traditional history of the region.

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    Jamestown

    by zrim Written Aug 4, 2003

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    Hometown of western adventure writer Louis L'Amour and jazz standards singer Peggy Lee, Jamestown has two American icons to its credit. But it is probably most famous for being home to the world's largest buffalo (a 46 by 26 foot sixty ton sculpture honoring the bison) and for being the hometown of "white cloud" the one in a billion albino buffalo. Check out my Jamestown page for more tidbits.

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    Standing Rock

    by zrim Updated Nov 7, 2003

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    Actually not a "must see" at all. It is located in the boonies of south central North Dakota far from any major city or state park. But you can get a glimpse of the rock from Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. I zoomed to 300 mm and blew the photo up on photoshop to get this view. It is very small and insignificant when viewed from the state park.

    According to the native american legend, an Arikara women refused to follow her husband after he took on a second wife. The husband returned to his village figuring she would eventually follow. She never did and when the village went searching for her they found that she had been turned into this mass of stone.

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    Salem Sue -- World's Largest Cow

    by parhelion Updated Jan 13, 2004

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    This wonderfully tacky landmark in New Salem is visible for miles on I-94. It is a giant cow, 38 feet high and 50 feet long. It weighs 12,000 pounds and cost $40,000 when it was erected in 1974 to promote the area's dairy industry. The New Salem Lions now maintain Salem Sue, who now sports startling bright pink milk veins on her belly and udder.

    This is a postcard of Sue, available locally.
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    International Peace Gardens -North Dakota - Canada

    by my2kids Updated Apr 25, 2005

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    Devoted to World Peace, along the world’s longest unfortified border, lies a 2,339 acre Botanical Garden.

    A very peaceful stop to pop in and have a picnic - take a hike - tour the Peace Gardens.

    Last time we visited we hopped on a "Golf Cart Tour" and the kids loved riding the carts around the gardens stopping at key points to look around and then hopping back on again.

    The park is even more beautiful when the flowers are in bloom.

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    Bismarck

    by Florida999 Written Sep 6, 2006

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    We visited the waterfront of Bismarck and looked at a rebuilt Keelboat, like Louis and Clark used when they came through there. It was a lot smaller than I would have thought, but maybe the original was larger.

    Louis and Clark Keelboat Sign on the Keelboat

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    1440 Mapleton Avenue, (opening March 10, 2008), Bismarck, North Dakota, 58501, United States

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    Satisfaction: Excellent

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