Near Stanton in Mercer County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Missouri Valley Environs
Fort Clark State Historic Site
The artist George Catlin during a visit in the summer of 1832 had penned the following in one of his letters.:
The ground on which the Mandan village is at present built, was admirably selected for defense; being on a bank forty or fifty feet above the bed of the river.
A year later, upon their party's arrival, Prince Maximilian wrote on June 18. 1833:
Immediately behind the fort there were, in the prairies, seventy leather tents of the Crows, which we immediately visited.... The view of the prairie around Fort Clark was at this time highly interesting.
The journal of naturalist John James Audubon mentions his visit to Fort Clark on June 7, 1843:
The site of this fort apears a good one, though it is placed considerably below the Mandan Village. We saw some small spots
Almost two decades later, the pioneer ethnologist Lewis Henry Morgan put ashore at Fort Clark on June 4, 1862, following its abandonment, and recounted in his journal:
The ruins of the village are quite interesting. Here for the first time I have seen the dirt houses of the Upper Missouri, and they far surpass my expectations.
Erected by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Natural Features. A significant historical date for this entry is June 18, 1833.
Location. 47° 15.111′ N, 101° 16.356′ W. Marker is near Stanton, North Dakota, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from 37th Avenue Southwest near 12th Street Southwest (State Highway 200), on the right when traveling north. The marker is located at the Fort Clark State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stanton ND 58571, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Winter Villages and Lodges (a few steps from this marker); Stone Shelter (a few steps from this marker); Fort Clark (circa 1830-1860) (within shouting distance of this marker); The People Corrals (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pierre Garreau's Lodge (about 300 feet away); Earthlodges (about 500 feet away); Geophysics and Archaeology (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stanton.
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