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Historical Markers in Burleigh County, North Dakota

Clickable Map of Burleigh County, North Dakota and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Burleigh County, ND (39) Emmons County, ND (0) Kidder County, ND (5) McLean County, ND (10) Morton County, ND (24) Oliver County, ND (0) Sheridan County, ND (1)  BurleighCounty(39) Burleigh County (39)  EmmonsCounty(0) Emmons County (0)  KidderCounty(5) Kidder County (5)  McLeanCounty(10) McLean County (10)  MortonCounty(24) Morton County (24)  OliverCounty(0) Oliver County (0)  SheridanCounty(1) Sheridan County (1)
Bismarck is the county seat for Burleigh County
Adjacent to Burleigh County, North Dakota
      Emmons County (0)  
      Kidder County (5)  
      McLean County (10)  
      Morton County (24)  
      Oliver County (0)  
      Sheridan County (1)  
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1North 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 . . . Map (db m44701) HM
2North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Archaeological Excavations in 1905Double Ditch State Historic Site
The first scholarly archaeological study of a Mandan earthlodge village village site was made in 1905 by Harvard University students George Will and Herbert Spinden. They excavated portions of six midden mounds, two houses, six cache pits, and the . . . Map (db m154677) HM
3North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Bismarck River Warehouse
This was the site of one of the largest river warehouses built during the 1870s when river transportation was of primary importance. The warehouse was served by a spur track of the Northern Pacific Railway and until the railroad was built west of . . . Map (db m154055) HM
4North 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 peopleMap (db m44706) HM
5North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Bullboats
Bullboats, round-bottomed watercrafts, were used by the Mandans, Hidatsas, and Arikaras to transport goods and people along waterways. Bullboats were indispensable for river traffic and for hauling loads of driftwood for cooking and heating fires. . . . Map (db m164368) HM
6North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Camp Hancock Site MapCamp Hancock State Historic Site
The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired Camp Hancock in 1951 for preservation as a state historic site. Work began to repair fire damage on the lone remaining structure, the officers quarters from the 1870s, used later as the U.S. . . . Map (db m154548) HM
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7North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Church of the Bread of Life
When plans for the Church of the Bread of Life were accepted in August, 1879, the Episcopal congregation's building committee contracted to spend $2,500 to build a place of worship. The funds, raised by benefit suppers and entertainments, proved . . . Map (db m154545) HM
8North 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
9North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Ditch 2Double Ditch State Historic Site
Fortification systems attest to the fierce warfare between villagers and surrounding nomadic tribes that is reported in early historic records. Ditch 2 that you seen in front of you at Double Ditch appears to have combined mounds and the ditch, with . . . Map (db m154250) HM
10North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Ditch 3Double Ditch State Historic Site
Ditch 3 is more recent than Ditch 4 and was constructed in the AD 1500s. Ditch 3, with only a few bastions, encompasses 15 acres and, like Ditch 4, is not visible on the surface. It reflects a fallback to a slightly smaller community and simpler . . . Map (db m154708) HM
11North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Double Ditch State Historic Site
Double Ditch Indian Village, overlooking the Missouri River, was a large earthlodge village inhabited by Mandan Indians between AD 1490 and 1785. The remains of earthlodges, midden mounds (trash heaps), and two fortification ditches are clearly . . . Map (db m154709) HM
12North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Double Ditch State Historic Site
Double Ditch Indian Village, overlooking the Missouri River, was a large earthlodge village inhabited by Mandan Indians between AD 1490 and 1785. The remains of earthlodges, midden mounds (trash heaps), and two fortification ditches are clearly . . . Map (db m154710) HM
13North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Episcopalian Services In The AreaMay 8, 1873    †    May 8, 1960
The first non-Roman church service to be held in what is now Bismarck was the baptism of a son of Lt. Humbert of Camp Hancock by the Rev. J. Smith, and Episcopalian missionary This marked the beginning of Episcopalian services in the . . . Map (db m154650) HM
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14North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Final Occupation of Double Ditch — Double Ditch State Historic Site —
In front of you is a segment of the inner fortification ditch. Mandan villages usually were surrounded by a ditch and wood palisade to keep out enemies. These villages also used natural features, such as steep terrain and riverbanks, for added . . . Map (db m164478) HM
15North 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 . . . Map (db m85829) HM
16North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Geophysical Prospecting in Archaeology
Geophysics applies the methods of physics to remotely investigate and define objects or materials in the earth's subsurface without direct contact. Geophysical investigations do not disturb the soil and cultural features, as do traditional . . . Map (db m164367) HM
17North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Glaciation and Forming the Missouri River Trench — Double Ditch State Historic Site —
Glaciers altered river courses and molded the North Dakota landscape, creating the gently rolling, hilly terrain seen in most areas of the state today. Prior to about three million years ago, all the rivers in today's North Dakota flowed toward . . . Map (db m164376) HM
18North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Hancock HistoryCamp Hancock State Historic Site
Camp Hancock was the location of an infantry post from 1872 to 1877 and a quartermaster depot and signal office until 1894. The post was originally named Camp Greeley in honor of Horace Greeley, an editor of the New York Times and candidate . . . Map (db m154971) HM
19North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — HomesDouble Ditch State Historic Site
The Mandans, as well as the Hidatsa and the Arikaras, built dome-shaped houses of logs and earth, known as earthlodges. All that remains of the earthlodges on the surface are circular depressions. The men usually decided how large an earthlodge . . . Map (db m154544) HM
20North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Hunting and Gathering
While the Mandans relied heavily on the cultivation of plants, they were also skilled hunters. Bison hunting was as important as farming and bison were vital to the Mandan diet. Before the arrival of horses, bison were stalked individually, or . . . Map (db m164358) HM
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21North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Locomotive #2164Camp Hancock State Historic Site
This coal-fired steam locomotive was built by the Baldwin Locomotive works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Northern Pacific Railway in 1909. Numbered 2164 by the Northern Pacific, the locomotive and coal tender weigh 298,600 pounds, are 78 . . . Map (db m154970) HM
22North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Mandan Origin Stories — Double Ditch State Historic Site —
Mandan origins and history have been passed on orally. These origin stories are memorized and passed from generation to generation, telling the history of a people. These traditions provide information regarding the origins of sacred bundles and . . . Map (db m164357) HM
23North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Mandans and the Practice of Farming
Life for these agriculturalists centered on the cultivation and trade of native corn, beans, squash, and sunflowers along with hunting. Women watched the skies carefully for the arrival of flocks of geese and ducks, which signified the arrival of . . . Map (db m164355) HM
24North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Midden Mounds (Trash Heaps)Double Ditch State Historic Site
The raised areas you see around the village are midden mounds or earthen mounds ranging from one to ten feet high. There are more than 30 mounds surrounding the village. The Mandans at Double Ditch disposed of their trash in heaps such as the one in . . . Map (db m154930) HM
25North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Missouri River ResourcesDouble Ditch State Historic Site
Missouri River The Missouri River valley provided water, food, and shelter for the Mandans. Abundant timber and game could be found in the wooded bottomlands, and bison flourished on the surrounding prairie grasslands. The terrace edge . . . Map (db m154068) HM
26North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Potande and the Mandan Fishery
Pó is the root for fish in the Mandan language-pótande is the catfish. The Missouri River system, along with its larger tributaries such as the Heart River, supported fisheries that the Mandans drew upon as part of their subsistence . . . Map (db m164371) HM
27North 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 . . . Map (db m43838) HM
28North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Square ButtesDouble Ditch State Historic Site
Square Buttes is a prominent and imposing landmark along this stretch of the Missouri River. The buttes take their name from their corresponding physical characteristics and robust form that is visible on the horizon eight miles to the north. . . . Map (db m154069) HM
29North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — Stone Shelter — Double Ditch State Historic Site —
The stone shelter your are now standing by was constructed in the 1930s as one of many projects completed throughout the state by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The CCC and the WPA were programs . . . Map (db m154396) HM
30North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — The Founding Community AD 1490-1550Double Ditch State Historic Site
Geophysical surveys and follow-up excavations have revealed that the village had four ditch fortification systems constructed over a period of 300 years. The fourth, or outermost, ditch had several well-defined bastions and was probably the oldest. . . . Map (db m154920) HM
31North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — The Honorable John Burkeof North Dakota
Legislator - Governor Supreme Court Justice Treasurer of the United States of AmericaMap (db m44700) HM
32North Dakota (Burleigh County), Bismarck — The Pioneer Family
Presented to the State of North Dakota by Harry Falconer McLean to honor the memory of the pioneers of the great Northwest. This plaque erected by the Bismarck Chapter Pioneer Daughters. < Back of Monument: > No trails too rugged, no . . . Map (db m85832) HM
33North 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 . . . Map (db m85839) HM
34North Dakota (Burleigh County), Menoken — Early Archeological Studies At Menoken VillageMenoken Village State Historic Site
The fortification ditch and house depressions, as well as the site's location away from the Missouri River, immediately caught the attention of archeologists when the site was rediscovered in 1936. At that time, many people believed it was the . . . Map (db m154401) HM
35North Dakota (Burleigh County), Menoken — Investigating a Pit HouseMenoken Village State Historic Site
This house was built in an oval-shaped pit about two feet deep and measured 16 by 23 feet in size. Before it was excavated in the late 1990s, remote sensing studies were conducted. Precise surface elevations were recorded and about 3,500 individual . . . Map (db m154406) HM
36North Dakota (Burleigh County), Menoken — Menoken Indian Village Site
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1955. This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the . . . Map (db m153165) HM
37North Dakota (Burleigh County), Menoken — Menoken Village State Historic Site
Menoken Village was a small community consisting of approximately 30 oval-shaped, earth-covered houses and a prominent fortification system. Once thought to have been a Mandan Village occupied at the time of early contact with Euroamericans, Menoken . . . Map (db m154254) HM
38North Dakota (Burleigh County), Menoken — Menoken Village State Historic Site
Menoken Village is a terminal Late Woodland (ca. AD 1200) settlement on Apple Creek, an eastern tributary of the Missouri River. Menoken is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The site is also a registered National Historic Landmark . . . Map (db m154628) HM
39North Dakota (Burleigh County), Menoken — Trade at MenokenMenoken Village State Historic Site
Recovered stone, metal, and shell artifacts show that the people were involved in trade systems that spanned the continent. It is not clear how these systems worked. Residents at Menoken probably did not travel far beyond what is now central North . . . Map (db m154403) HM
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Dec. 4, 2022