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Near Mandan in Morton County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Blockhouses & Palisades

 
 
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By Connor Olson, August 11, 2019
1. Blockhouses & Palisades Marker
Inscription.  The Infantry Post was protected by blockhouses and, on the north and west sides, by cottonwood walls called palisades. The rugged terrain to the south and east help discourage attacks.

The palisades were costly to maintain and were removed in 1873 because of damage due to wind and rot. The Civilian Conservation Corps rebuilt the blockhouses and palisades in 1935, but the palisades were dismantled again because of the same problems.

Soldiers can see for miles from the safety of the blockhouses. These buildings served as both observation posts and defensive fortifications. They also provided holding areas for prisoners and, at one point, were used as scouts’ quarters.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles.
 
Location. 46° 46.173′ N, 100° 51.251′ W. Marker is near Mandan, North Dakota, in Morton County. Marker can be reached from Fort Lincoln Road, on the right when traveling south. Located at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4480 Fort Lincoln Rd, Mandan ND 58554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this

Reconstructed Blockhouse. image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, August 11, 2019
2. Reconstructed Blockhouse.
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marker. Officers' Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Abraham Lincoln Infantry Post (within shouting distance of this marker); Barracks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Powder Magazines (about 600 feet away); Post Hospital (about 600 feet away); Laundress' Quarter: "Suds Row" (about 700 feet away); Scouts (about 700 feet away); Schoolhouse (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mandan.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 19, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
 
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Mar. 9, 2021