North Dakota Historic Sites

By David A. Fryxell Premium

Bonanzaville Museum and Historic Village

Cass County Historical Society, 1351 Main Ave. W, West Fargo, ND, (701) 282-2822, <>: The sprawling Bonanzaville showcases farm machinery demonstrations and other living history events year-round. Don’t miss the annual Pioneer Days weekend, when interpreters make rugs, churn butter, carve wood and show their blacksmithing skills.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

4480 Fort Lincoln Road, Mandan, ND 58554, (701) 667-6340, <>: One of North Dakotans’ favorite state parks, Fort Abraham Lincoln is south of Mandan on the Missouri River. There, you can visit Gen. George Custer’s command post — faithfully restored to its pre-Battle of Little Big Horn appearance. Plus, see reconstructed military posts and an Indian village.

Fort Buford State Historic Site

15349 39th Lane NW, Williston, ND 58801, (701) 572-9034, <>: Best remembered as the place where the legendary Sitting Bull surrendered in 1881, Fort Buford now encompasses three original structures and the fort’s cemetery.

Fort Totten State Historic Site

Building 14, Military Square, Fort Totten, ND 58335, (701) 766-4441, <>: Fort Totten, located southwest of Devil’s Lake, once protected mail routes and supplied men and material for Custer on his last mission. It’s the most complete cavalry-era fort west of the Mississippi River, with a square surrounded by original buildings.

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

15550 Highway 1804, Williston, ND 58801, (701) 572 9083, <>: The reconstructed Fort Union Trading Post once was a center of fur trade in the upper Missouri River region. Attend living history programs in the summer and visit the site where your American Indian ancestors might have exchanged furs, guns, blankets and knives.


301 Fifth St., Medora, ND 58645, (800) 633-6721, <>: An authentic Old West town with modern shopping and “rootin’ tootin’ entertainment,” Medora began as the dream of a French aristocrat. Later, this gateway to North Dakota’s famous Badlands region captured the imagination of Teddy Roosevelt.

Visitor Information

North Dakota Department of Commerce

Tourism Division

Box 2057

Bismarck, ND 58502

(800) 435-5663



From the February 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine