Near Williston in Williams County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fort Buford State Historic Site
In 1873, the Post Commander, Colonel William B. Hazen, complained that it sometimes took him up to three months to get responses from the St. Paul headquarters of the army's Department of Dakota.
Three main communications routes existed prior to the arrival of the telegraph. The first of them was the Missouri River, which was only navigable for half of the year. The other two were overland mail routes. One extended from Fort Buford to Forts Stevenson, Totten and Abercrombie to St. Paul. The other ran from Fort Buford to Forts Rice and Sully, and then to Sioux City, Iowa. All communication routes were at the mercy of the region's unforgiving weather.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Forts and Castles.
Location. 47° 59.176′ N, 104° 0.05′ W. Marker is near Williston, North Dakota, in Williams County. Marker can be reached from 39th Lane Northwest near 153rd Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williston ND 58801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Field Officers' Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Infantry Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Buford Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Parade Ground (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Buford State Historic Site (about 400 feet away); Post Trader's Complex (about 500 feet away); Powder Magazine (approx. 0.2 miles away); North Dakota Masonic Foundation (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williston.
More about this marker. This marker is on the grounds of Fort Buford State Historic Site.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 30, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.