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Near Washburn in McLean County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Men of Worth

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2020
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Inscription.  Privates John Shields, William Bratton and Alexander Willard manned the blacksmith shop at Fort Mandan. These men provided repair work to native tools, such as sharpening iron hoes and knives and fixing trade kettles.
The Mandan and Hidatsa who watched them must have admired the men who worked metal into tools, utensils and weapons. A considerable amount of corn was exchanged for two types of weapons, the "Missouri War Hatchet" and another called the "Battle Ax."
A burned out sheet of iron stove provided four-inch square pieces of iron the natives formed into arrowhead points, or manufactured into instruments for scraping and dressing hides. For each square of iron the blacksmiths obtained seven to eight gallons of corn.
In addition to corn, buffalo meat, robes, beans, squash, sunflowers, and wild berries were exchanged for the blacksmiths labors.

"the blacksmith's have proved a happy resource to us in our present situation as I believe it would have been difficult to have devised any other method to have procured corn from the native." -- Meriwether Lewis, February 6, 1805
 
Topics and series. This
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2020
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historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition series list.
 
Location. 47° 17.906′ N, 101° 5.194′ W. Marker is near Washburn, North Dakota, in McLean County. Marker can be reached from 8th Street Southwest (County Highway 17) near 28th Avenue Southwest (County Highway 23), on the left when traveling north. The marker is located in Fort Mandan State Recreation Area near the entrance to the replica Fort Mandan. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washburn ND 58577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Mandan (here, next to this marker); Below the Freezing Point (a few steps from this marker); Bicentennial Wagon Train Pilgrimage to Pennsylvania (within shouting distance of this marker); Seaman (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Mandan (about 600 feet away); Mandan Winter / Harmony Park (approx. 2.1 miles away); Fort Mandan Overlook (approx. 9.3 miles away); Mandans and Arikaras of the Village (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washburn.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 23 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 20, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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