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"History Comes to Life on the Talking Trail..."

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Fort Abraham Lincoln offering North Dakota travelers one of the most breath-taking views of the Mighty Missouri River near the confluence of the Heart River!

Fort Lincoln - The Mighty Missouri

What would it have been like to be a soldier posted at Fort Lincoln back in 1873? Download the Talking Trail Mobile app to experience the stories of Fort Lincoln State Park!

Fort Lincoln - Life on the Barracks

Do you know the full story behind the Boy General Custer? If not, you need to experience the whole story along the Talking Trail at Fort Lincoln!

Fort Lincoln - General Custer and Libby

Linda Warfel Slaughter, author and wife of Dr. Benjamin Slaughter, Camp Hancock’s army surgeon, experienced and wrote about pioneering on the prairie as the construction of the Northern Pacific Railway established Bismarck as a city.

Linda Slaughter - Camp Hancock

Beginning in the 1860s, the U.S. Army established infantry posts to protect work crews who were constructing the Northern Pacific Railway, a railroad that stretched from Minnesota to Washington...

Oldest Building in Bismarck - Camp Hancock

Imagine Main Street in your hometown. Picture the storefronts, the passers by, the cars driving up and down the road. It is likely the hub of the city, the center-point from which all activity and opportunity grows.

Main Street of the Northwest - Camp Hancock

Welcome to the On-a-Slant Indian Village, once a home to Mandan Indians. In order to understand the Mandan People, one must first understand their origin stories...

On A Slant - Mandan Indians

William Lass points out in his book titled, Navigating the Missouri, "Before railroad were built in the United States, rivers and lakes offered the easiest and fastest transportation..."

Navigating the Missouri - William Lass
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The year was 1862. After a poor harvest season in what is now Southern Minnesota, a band of Dakota Indians grew frustrated after years of accumulated grievances against white settlers... 

Fort Rice - NPHA
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While General Sully established Fort Rice on July 7th 1864, he had no intention of staying there very long. Not even two weeks later he led his expedition away from the new fort...

General Sully - NPHA
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In 1868 Fort Rice was expanded to cover an area of 864 feet by 544 feet. It was protected by a ten-foot high log stockade on three sides and by the Missouri River on the east. 

Fort Rice Expansion - NPHA
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Life wasn't easy in these small frontier forts. Isolated by distance and a seasonally ice-bound transportation system. During the fort's first year, eighty-one men died...

Life at Fort Rice - NPHA

Welcome to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. One of the major themes of our museum centers around Thomas Jefferson and the Enlightenment. Jefferson was immensely inquisitive and had...

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center - Talking Trail

Among Jefferson’s general instructions for Lewis and Clark, he emphasized intertribal peace and trade contacts. Colonial experience taught them to establish fruitful diplomacy and to cultivate...

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center 2 - Talking Trail
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There’s an ongoing argument where the Lewis & Clark Expedition really started.  Was it in Washington, D.C. with Jefferson?  Was it in St. Louis where the crew first got together? 

Fort Mandan - Talking Trail

While the exact location of Fort Mandan has never been found, the overlook provides a good view of the landscape similar to how the Corps of Discovery would have experienced it in 1804-1805...

Fort Mandan Overlook - Talking Trail

Then-and-now photo montage of the historic homes along Ave B at the intersection of N Washington Street in the Cathedral District Area Historic District. View looking east. Courtesy of Will Hutchings.

Cathedral District - Talking Trail

Architect George Shanley whimsically included a terra-cotta bas-relief detail above the entrance to the historic Tribune Building that depicts scribes or monks printing books using a hand press.

Bismarck Tribune Building - Talking Trail

​For centuries, this section of the river has shaped the nation. Explore the Northern Plains National Heritage Area Talking Trail to uncover interconnected stories of Native Americans, explorers and settlers, and farmers and ranchers on the Northern Plains that contribute to our nation’s diverse heritage. The Northern Plains National Heritage Area encourages residents and visitors to discover the history of the Missouri River by exploring its many points of interest. 

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