11 Must-See Historic Sites in North Dakota
North Dakota is a state crafted largely by legendary heroes of the Old West, hard-working immigrants and pioneers who left a legacy that endures to this day. Here are 11 historically significant sites in North Dakota.
Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site State Historic Site
Two sites telling the story of the Cold War years in North Dakota: Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility and the November-33 Launch Facility. They are the last remnants of the 321st Missile Wing, a cluster of intercontinental ballistic missile launch sites that were spread over a 6,500-square-mile area.
Take a step back in time when you visit the reconstructed Fort Mandan, the winter home of the Lewis & Clark Expedition from 1804-1805. The fully-furnished quarters bring to life what it was like for the brave men in the Corps of Discovery during that North Dakota winter over 200 years ago.
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
Native Americans occupied this area for more than 11,000 years. Remains of three Hidatsa villages with 210 depressions at the site. Home of Sakakawea when she met explorers Lewis and Clark, modern museum, visitor center and movie.
Fort Abraham Lincoln
General George Custer's last home is reconstructed, as are the central barracks, granary, commissary and a stable. Tours take visitors back to 1875, the year before the 7th Cavalry rode to the Little Bighorn. Tour of On-A-Slant Indian Village's five reconstructed earthlodges.
North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum
From a life-size T. rex skeleton cast to a Mars spacesuit to exhibits of rare pottery and beadwork, there's history for everyone at the recently expanded North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum. Thousands of artifacts and specimens, high-tech displays and interactive exhibits.