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North Dakota (Billings County), Medora — North Dakota Badlands
The badlands you see from here were so named because they were "badlands" to travel over before modern roads were built. Rain, wind and running water have carved these hills. A thick series of shale and sandstone layers, all of these rocks are a part of the Fort Union Formation ( Paleocene Age). Once part of the High Plains, this area has been deeply eroded. Flash floods which follow every storm are still cutting away the rock layers. — Map (db m4822) HM
North Dakota (Bowman County), Rhame — Fort Dilts Historic Site
On this site in September 1864 an immigrant train, under the command of Capt. James L. Fisk, bound for the gold fields of Montana, was besieged by hostile Sioux Indians, despite the fact that an armed escort of 50 U. S. Cavalrymen had been provided for its protection. To defend themselves, the wagon train, and their stock, a breastwork of prairie sod was built which enabled them to successfully resist attacks for 14 days until a rescue party conducted them to Fort Rice. A number of civilians . . . — Map (db m33923) HM
North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — All Veterans Memorial
North Dakota Veterans Memorial 1989 In this year of North Dakots's centennial, this monument is dedicated to all North Dakotans who served in the armed forces since statehood.The names of the men and women listed on this memorial gave their lives in wartime service for their country.

The Memorial Sheltered by a dome and covered by a cube symbols of purity, unity and stability. The supporting columns symbolically define the inside and outside of the memorial, while linking it to the . . . — Map (db m44701) HM

North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Boxcar used in the 1st World War
Presented by the French National Railroads to the State of North Dakota in gratitude for the help given to France by the American people — Map (db m44706) HM
North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Combat Wounded VeteransMilitary Order of the Purple Heart — 1782 - 1932
Dedicated to all men and women wounded in all our wars.

My stone is red for the blood they shed. The medal I bear is my country's way to show they care if I could be seen by all mankind maybe peace will come in my lifetime. — Map (db m44704) HM

North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — First News of Custer’s Death
From approximately this spot on July 5, 1876, Colonel Clement A. Lounsberry, the founder of the Bismarck Tribune in a feat of newspaper enterprise that overcame many obstacles, flashed - - by telegraph - - to the New York Herald the first account of General Custer’s defeat and death at the Little Big Horn. Few news stories have so electrified a nation. -------------------- This spot marked by Sigma Delta Chi and N.D. Press Association April 10, 1953 — Map (db m85829) HM
North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Sakakawea Statue
Sakakawea Sakakawea has become a recognized name as part of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Although her name is famous, few facts remain to document her life and contributions to the voyage. When Lewis and Clark met Sakakawea in 1804 she was about sixteen years old and married to the fur trader Toussaint Charbonneau. Sakakawea became a valuable member of the Corps of Discovery when Lewis and Clark hired Charbonneau as an interpreter to accompany them on their journey west.

On April 7, . . . — Map (db m43838) HM

North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — The Honorable John Burkeof North Dakota
Legislator - Governor Supreme Court Justice Treasurer of the United States of America — Map (db m44700) HM
North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — The Pioneer Family
. . . — Map (db m85832) HM
North Dakota (Burleigh County), Menoken — Apple Creek
          Apple Creek today is only a mere trickle compared to what it was during the time it was formed from a large sheet of glacial ice. Looking out over the valley one can almost imagine the enormity of this creek during its formation. This creek as well as the numerous others draining into the Missouri Valley carried with them the rich fertile soil which supports the crops which in turn support the communities along the Missouri River. One of these communities, Bismarck, the capital of . . . — Map (db m85839) HM
North Dakota (Cass County), Fargo — Gasoline Horsepower
When autos appeared in the 1890s, only the wealthy could afford to buy them. But by the 1920s assembly lines made cars affordable for the middle class, and sales soared. At the end of the decade there were 25 million cars on the road and U.S. factories were building 5.3 million new cars each year.

Sweeping Changes The American workplace was transformed by gasoline engines. By 1920 motorized fire trucks, snow plows, police cars and construction rigs were replacing their horse-drawn . . . — Map (db m43834) HM

North Dakota (Cass County), Fargo — 'The Next Great City'
Moorhead and Fargo were platted when the Northern Pacific railroad arrived at the Red River in 1871 less than one block north of here.

The towns grew up at this intersection of river and rail. Steamboats traveling the shallow Red River stopped at this point and cargo from the boats was then transferred into wagons and boxcars.

Fargo-Moorhead became the most important shipping and marketing center in the region. The cities were energized by thousands who came here seeking new jobs and . . . — Map (db m43833) HM

North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — Badlands Panorama
          The colorful and fantastic shapes along these canyon walls are part of an ever-changing landscape. The horizontal layers of multi-colored sandstone, clay and shale are complimented by scattered beds of lignite coal and patches of pastel pink scoria. Scoria, or clinker, is created when the soft lignite burns, baking the surrounding clay to this bright color.           Other layers contain concentrations of petrified logs and stumps of redwood, cypress and cedar. The rock layers are . . . — Map (db m85880) HM
North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — Walter H. Chaloner
In memory of Walter H. Chaloner 1918 – 1933 Near this spot, this pioneer’s son failed in an attempt to jump a washout because of the tie-down on his horse. After five days of searching, he was found alive pinned under his horse. He did not survive. Fifty years in saddle — Map (db m85879) HM
North Dakota (McLean County), Washburn — Seaman
While preparing for the expedition to the Pacific, Meriwether Lewis visited Philadelphia for instructions in natural sciences, astronomical navigation and field medicine. It is believed that it was during this period that Lewis purchased Seaman, his ”dogg of the Newfoundland breed,” for $20. Although Lewis left unsaid his reason for selecting a Newfoundland, he may have been impressed with the breed’s size, strength and swimming abilities and its reputation for having a keen . . . — Map (db m36352) HM
North Dakota (Mercer County), Fort Clark — Fort Clark Historic Site
On this site are the remains of a large earthlodge village originally settled by the Mandan Indians (ca.1822) and the trading forts Clark and Primeau. Previous to the establishment of Fort Clark, an unnamed post was built in the area by James Kipp and a Mr.Tilton for the Columbia Fur Company (ca. 1822-1823), but this post was abandoned shortly thereafter as a result of pressures by Arikara. Tilton returned to St. Louis, but Kipp remained at the Mandan village and built Fort Clark in 1831 . . . — Map (db m33313) HM
North Dakota (Mercer County), Stanton — Lewis & Clark at the Knife River Indian VillagesLewis & Clark in North Dakota
With 168 days and 1,600 miles behind them, the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived near the Knife River Villages. Captain William Clark wrote: October 27, 1804 "came too at the Village on the L.S. this village is situated on an eminance of about 50 feet above the Water in a handsome plain it containes [40 or 50] houses in a kind of Picket work, the houses are round and verry large containing several families, as also their horses which is tied on one Side of the . . . — Map (db m33610) HM
North Dakota (Morton County), Mandan — Mandan Scenic OverlookLewis & Clark in North Dakota
Sunday, October 21, 1804 A driving northeast wind, cold temperatures, and freezing rain and snow led Lewis and Clark to seek shelter after only 7 miles. During the day, they passed the mouth of the Heart River learning from their Arikara passenger that the Mandans had sacred sites in that area. Several other abandoned earth lodge villages were reported, including one located in "a butifull & extensive plain." Clark killed a buffalo near their campsite northeast of modern Mandan on the west bank of the river. — Map (db m44707) HM
North Dakota (Sioux County), Fort Yates — Sitting BullTatanka Iyontanke
A member of the Hunkpapa band of the Teton Sioux Indians, Sitting Bull became a warrior of much renown and was eventually acknowledged as a leader of all the Teton Sioux. A noble and just leader but misunderstood by the white man. He was influential in the destruction of Custer’s forces at the Little Big Horn. His insistence that his people be allowed to participate in the ghost dances of the late 1880’s eventually led to his being murdered by Indian police in an attempted arrest at Standing . . . — Map (db m82316) HM WM
North Dakota (Stark County), Belfield — Ukrainian Immigrants
      From the populated villages of Ukraine to the unsettled regions of North Dakota, the Ukrainian immigrants came here at the end of the 19th century. They emigrated from the “Bread Basket of Europe” to the virgin sodland yet untouched by man – from a region of warm climate to an area where long winters lay life dormant. Yet within a span of a lifetime, they developed here in Dakota a farming empire undreamed of by man. The Ukrainian Pioneer Cross is dedicated to these . . . — Map (db m85915) HM
North Dakota (Williams County), Williston — Outpost on the MissouriFort Union Trading Post National Historic Site — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Early explorers reported that America’s western mountains were rich in furs. As a part of a plan to extend trading into the Upper Missouri country, John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company built Fort Union here, near the junction of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, in 1829. This post soon became the headquarters for trading beaver furs and buffalo robes with the Assiniboin Indians to the north, the Crow Indians on the upper Yellowstone, and the Blackfeet who lived farther up the . . . — Map (db m62068) HM
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