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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Abercrombie, North Dakota

Clickable Map of Richland 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> Richland County, ND (18) Cass County, ND (9) Ransom County, ND (10) Sargent County, ND (1) Clay County, MN (5) Traverse County, MN (6) Wilkin County, MN (2) Marshall County, SD (36) Roberts County, SD (21)  RichlandCounty(18) Richland County (18)  CassCounty(9) Cass County (9)  RansomCounty(10) Ransom County (10)  SargentCounty(1) Sargent County (1)  ClayCountyMinnesota(5) Clay County (5)  TraverseCounty(6) Traverse County (6)  WilkinCounty(2) Wilkin County (2)  MarshallCountySouth Dakota(36) Marshall County (36)  RobertsCounty(21) Roberts County (21)
Wahpeton is the county seat for Richland County
Abercrombie is in Richland County
      Richland County (18)  
      Cass County (9)  
      Ransom County (10)  
      Sargent County (1)  
      Clay County, Minnesota (5)  
      Traverse County, Minnesota (6)  
      Wilkin County, Minnesota (2)  
      Marshall County, South Dakota (36)  
      Roberts County, South Dakota (21)  
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1North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Barracks
This building is listed on early maps and drawings of Fort Abercrombie as a barracks. Barracks were the living quarters for the enlisted soldiers at Fort Abercrombie. The front of the building had two squad rooms where the soldiers slept. . . . Map (db m177197) HM
2North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Cannon Bastion
The reconstructed cannon bastion in front of you shows what the fortifications at Fort Abercrombie might have looked like during the siege in 1862. Prior to the siege, defensive fortifications around Fort Abercrombie simply did not exist. . . . Map (db m177318) HM
3North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Carpenter Shop
In 1866 this building was listed on maps as Fort Abercrombie's carpenter shop. In 1868, Assistant Surgeon W. H. Gardner described this building as having rooms for a blacksmith, carpenter, painter and saddler. By 1871, maps show this being . . . Map (db m184217) HM
4North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Commissary Storehouse
The commissary storehouse held Fort Abercrombie's food supply. It was a long, single-story structure built of hewn logs and covered with clapboard siding. A storehouse was typically one of the first buildings constructed at a frontier fort. . . . Map (db m177194) HM
5North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Ferry Crossing
Straight ahead of you and down along the bank of the river is the approximate location of the ferry crossing that served Fort Abercrombie. This photograph shows the ferry as it crosses the Red River. You are in roughly the same spot as the . . . Map (db m176610) HM
6North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Fort Abercrombie
Fort Abercrombie, the first United States military post to be established in what is now North Dakota, was authorized at this point in 1857 and was named in honor of Lt. Col. John J. Abercrombie, The extensive trade between Canada and the . . . Map (db m175574) HM WM
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7North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Fort Abercrombie State Park
Fort Abercrombie, the first military post in North Dakota was established in 1857 as a protection to the settlements in the Red River Valley. It served as a gateway to the northwest for 20 years. Abandoned in 1877.Map (db m176536) HM
8North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Guardhouse
The building in front of you was Fort Abercrombie's guardhouse. It has been restored to look as it would have in the 1860s and 1870s. The guardhouse functioned in many ways like a police station. Soldiers on guard detail provided security . . . Map (db m176740) HM
9North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Headquarters
You are standing in roughly the same spot where a photographer took this picture of Fort Abercrombie's headquarters building. The headquarters building is in the foreground of the photograph. It stood one-and-a-half stories tall and had a porch . . . Map (db m176709) HM
10North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Hospital
Fort Abercrombie's second hospital was built in 1867. It replaced the hospital building that sat on the north side of the fort. Assistant Surgeon W.H. Gardner described this new hospital as a two-story frame building with clapboard siding. In . . . Map (db m176742) HM
11North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Hospital / Lieutenant’s Quarters
This building first served as Fort Abercrombie's hospital. After the completion of a new hospital in 1867, Assistant Surgeon W.H. Gardner described this building as having six rooms for Lieutenants' quarters. Behind this building was a long low . . . Map (db m176613) HM
12North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Laundresses Quarters
In front of you was a long row of crude log buildings. In 1868 Assistant Surgeon W.H. Gardner described these buildings as quarters for married soldiers. On later maps of Fort Abercrombie, these log buildings are listed as laundresses . . . Map (db m177141) HM
13North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Magazine
A magazine is a building used to store gunpowder and ammunition. This drawing shows what Fort Abercrombie's magazine may have looked like in the mid 1860s. Fort Abercrombie's first magazine was a brick building 14 feet wide and 34 feet long. . . . Map (db m176607) HM
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14North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Quartermaster Storehouse
Above is a drawing of what Fort Abercrombie's quartermaster storehouse may have looked like. It was constructed sometime between 1866 and 1868. The quartermaster storehouse held things such as tools, clothing, footwear, kitchen utensils, and . . . Map (db m177207) HM
15North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Stable
In 1868 Assistant Surgeon W.H. Gardner described this building as a stable for officers' horses. It was a log building 36 feet long and 26 feet wide. This was one of several stables that were used at Fort Abercrombie. Animals including horses, . . . Map (db m176589) HM
16North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Surgeon’s & Chaplain’s Quarters
This two-story building was completed in January of 1870 as officers' quarters. An 1871 map of Fort Abercrombie shows this building being used as quarters by the surgeon and the chaplain. In addition to treating the sick, the surgeon . . . Map (db m176577) HM
17North Dakota (Richland County), Abercrombie — Sutler / Post Trader
The sutler's store was a log building situated on the southeast side of the fort. Sutlers were civilian contractors who supplied forts with items the army would not or could not supply. They sold food such as eggs, milk, cheese, and vegetables, . . . Map (db m176636) HM WM
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Sep. 25, 2022