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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Watford City, North Dakota

 
Clickable Map of McKenzie 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 McKenzie County, ND (20) Billings County, ND (49) Dunn County, ND (3) Golden Valley County, ND (0) Mountrail County, ND (0) Williams County, ND (36) Richland County, MT (2) Roosevelt County, MT (7) Wibaux County, MT (9)  McKenzieCounty(20) McKenzie County (20)  BillingsCounty(49) Billings County (49)  DunnCounty(3) Dunn County (3)  GoldenValleyCounty(0) Golden Valley County (0)  MountrailCounty(0) Mountrail County (0)  WilliamsCounty(36) Williams County (36)  RichlandCountyMontana(2) Richland County (2)  RooseveltCounty(7) Roosevelt County (7)  WibauxCounty(9) Wibaux County (9)
Location of Watford City, North Dakota
    McKenzie County (20)
    Billings County (49)
    Dunn County (3)
    Golden Valley County (0)
    Mountrail County (0)
    Williams County (36)
    Richland County, Montana (2)
    Roosevelt County, Montana (7)
    Wibaux County, Montana (9)
 
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1North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — “Cannon Ball” Concretions
      The large spherical boulders in front of you are called concretions. They may have any shape, but most are round. Concretions are formed within rocks (shale, clay, sandstone, etc.) by the deposition of mineral around a core. More concretions . . . Map (db m88650) HM
2North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — Badlands Panorama
          The colorful and fantastic shapes along these canyon walls are part of an ever-changing landscape. The horizontal layers of multi-colored sandstone, clay and shale are complimented by scattered beds of lignite coal and patches of pastel . . . Map (db m85880) HM
3North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — Bentonitic Clay
      The blue-black popcorn-like soil that caps the plateau 50 feet below this point is bentonitic clay. Bentonite clays flow when wet. This bluish-colored layer can be traced for miles up and down the river.Map (db m88636) HM
4North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — Building From Hard Times
The drought and depression of the 1930’s hit the badlands region hard. Small landowners, no longer able to eke out a living, sold their lands to the government with the hope of finding a new start elsewhere. Throughout the country, men were out of . . . Map (db m88634) HM
5North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — Edge of a Glacier
      These small boulders are clues to a fascinating story. Geologists believe they were ripped from bedrock 400 miles north in Canada and carried to this point by a great glacier which covered nearly all North America north and east of here.   . . . Map (db m88638) HM
6North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — Long X Cattle Trail
      Abundant grass in North Dakota resulted in cattle being driven in the 1880’s along this trail to the Long X Ranch three miles north of this point. In North Dakota the trail passed through the place that is now the town of New England, then . . . Map (db m88651) HM
7North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — Longhorns
Good grass and shelter attracted ranching interests to the badlands. Taking advantage of the void left by the killing of the bison, a Texas trail drive pushed 4,000 head of longhorn cattle into this region in the fall of 1884. Other trail drives . . . Map (db m88641) HM
8North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — Man and Grass
      Throughout history livestock growing has depended upon abundant grasslands. An unused sea of grass in this region attracted cattlemen who brought large herds here in the early 1880’s. Damage from overstocking and overgrazing brought a quick . . . Map (db m88637) HM
9North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — North Dakota Badlands
The badlands you see here were so named because they were badlands to travel over before modern roads were built. A part of the Northern Great Plains the area has been carved by rain, wind and running water of the Little Missouri River. These layers . . . Map (db m96782)
10North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — Roosevelt and the Boat Thieves
      In the spring of 1886 thieves stole Theodore Roosevelt’s boat from his Elkhorn Ranch, 25 miles south of here. Roosevelt pursued the thieves past this point and captured them at the mouth of Cherry Creek about 24 miles downstream. He then . . . Map (db m87201) HM
11North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — Slump Formation
      These tilted mounds were once part of the higher cliffs beyond. Stream cutting against their base over-steepened the cliffs. During wet periods, blocks of earth slid downhill, retaining their original layered sequence.       Can you match . . . Map (db m88649) HM
12North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — The View that Launched a ParkRebuilding a Nation - Building a Park
Before this land became a national park, this spot was recognized for its dramatic beauty. The area's future was uncertain-would it become a state park? A national park? A recreation area? No one knew yet, but they did known one thing: this view was . . . Map (db m162198) HM
13North Dakota (McKenzie County), Watford City — Walter H. Chaloner
In memory of Walter H. Chaloner 1918 – 1933 Near this spot, this pioneer’s son failed in an attempt to jump a washout because of the tie-down on his horse. After five days of searching, he was found alive pinned under his horse. He did not . . . Map (db m85879) HM
 
Apr. 15, 2021