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Historical Markers in McLean County, North Dakota

 
Clickable Map of McLean County, North Dakota and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg McLean County, ND (10) Burleigh County, ND (39) Dunn County, ND (3) McHenry County, ND (0) Mercer County, ND (32) Mountrail County, ND (1) Oliver County, ND (0) Sheridan County, ND (1) Ward County, ND (0)  McLeanCounty(10) McLean County (10)  BurleighCounty(39) Burleigh County (39)  DunnCounty(3) Dunn County (3)  McHenryCounty(0) McHenry County (0)  MercerCounty(32) Mercer County (32)  MountrailCounty(1) Mountrail County (1)  OliverCounty(0) Oliver County (0)  SheridanCounty(1) Sheridan County (1)  WardCounty(0) Ward County (0)
Washburn is the county seat for McLean County
Adjacent to McLean County, North Dakota
      Burleigh County (39)  
      Dunn County (3)  
      McHenry County (0)  
      Mercer County (32)  
      Mountrail County (1)  
      Oliver County (0)  
      Sheridan County (1)  
      Ward County (0)  
 
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1North Dakota (McLean County), Garrison — Custer Coal Mine
Custer Mine, owned and operated by the Truax Traer Coal Company, was a working surface mine from 1947-1964. The surface or strip mining method of coal mining is used when the coal seam is near the surface of the ground. The lignite coal was mined . . . Map (db m164410) HM
2North Dakota (McLean County), Garrison — Land of Strange Disappearances
People have lived in the area now called North Dakota for over 12,000 years. The people of prehistoric times were nomadic hunters and gatherers. More recent Native American tribes of this area include the Mandan, Arikara and Hidatsa. These . . . Map (db m164407) HM
3North Dakota (McLean County), Garrison — Wildlife Area Evolves From Coal Mine
The transition from a working coal mine to today's Custer Mine Wildlife Management Area took place over many years. While the coal mine was still in operation, local residents started planting trees on the mine spoil banks. The trees were . . . Map (db m164412) HM
4North Dakota (McLean County), Washburn — Below the Freezing Point
In December of 1804 the temperature dipped and snow began to fall. Despite waking to an unrelenting cold the Corps of Discovery continued to work on the finishing touches of Fort Mandan, went hunting and preformed the never-ending job of gathering . . . Map (db m162597) HM
5North Dakota (McLean County), Washburn — Bicentennial Wagon Train Pilgrimage to Pennsylvania
From this site, North Dakota Wagon Train, that took our message to Valley Forge, left on September 26, 1975. Outriders presented scrolls from their various bicentennial communities to Wagon Master Jerry Nelson and Governor Arthur Link. These . . . Map (db m162594) HM
6North Dakota (McLean County), Washburn — Fort MandanLewis & Clark in North Dakota — McLean County —
Winter 1804-1805 Named for the nearby Indians, Fort Mandan was winter quarters for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Sited by Captain Clark on November 2, 1804, the fort was built in a triangular shape from cottonwood logs cut in . . . Map (db m162536) HM
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7North Dakota (McLean County), Washburn — Fort Mandan
Fort Mandan, 1804-05 Winter Quarters of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, also was the birthplace of the son born to Sakakawea and her French husband Charbonneau, interpreter for the explorers. The "Bird Woman" helped guide Lewis and Clark to their . . . Map (db m162595) HM
8North Dakota (McLean County), Washburn — Mandan Winter / Harmony Park
The Mandan Winter "If we eat you Shall eat, if we Starve, you must Starve also." Mandan Chief Sheheka-shote, to Captains Lewis and Clark, November 1, 1804 With those words, Chief Sheheke-shote (White Coyote), . . . Map (db m162953) HM
9North Dakota (McLean County), Washburn — Men of Worth
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 . . . Map (db m162950) HM
10North Dakota (McLean County), Washburn — Seaman
While preparing for the expedition to the Pacific, Meriwether Lewis visited Philadelphia for instructions in natural sciences, astronomical navigation and field medicine. It is believed that it was during this period that Lewis purchased Seaman, his . . . Map (db m36352) HM
 
 
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Dec. 1, 2022