“Military and Native History!”
Rich in both military and early Native American history, Fort Abraham Lincoln was once an important infantry and calvalry post. It was from this fort that Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh Calvalry rode out on their ill-fated expedition against the Sioux at the Little Big Horn. Portions of the military post, including the Custer House, have been reconstructed. The Mandan Indian tribe established a village at the confluence of the Missouri and Heart Rivers in about 1575. They built earthlodges and thrived in their community by hunting bison and growing a number of crops. Two hundred years later, an outbreak of smallpox caused the Mandan population to significantly decrease. The Mandan resettled, and in the 1870s the area along the west banks of the Missouri, the same location where the Mandan tribe had established their village, a military post was built in June 1872 by two companies of the 6th U.S. Infantry under Lt. Col. Daniel Huston, Jr. as Fort McKeen, opposite Bismarck, Dakota Territory
Go and stay. This was great. I wish we planned to spend an entire day, not just an overnight stop. Loris to do and see right there. Campgrounds were shaded in many spots. Primitive toilets at one end, but clean bathroom and shower in mid park.
Great look at some history both military and indian. Nice museum and outdoor indian village. We only paid the $7 park entrance fee [no guided tours] and were perfectly happy. Took us a little over an hour. Really enjoyed this. Park is well maintained and staffed, everyone was friendly.
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Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
- Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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