Family Vacations in North Dakota: Fort Abraham Lincoln and Fort Mandan

Fort Abraham Lincoln's Web site proclaims: "Welcome to 1875, enjoy your visit." And a trip to this picturesque frontier fort and national historic park on the upper Missouri River will indeed take you back to another century, to the time when this fort was the largest and most important on the Northern Plains.

Visitors are invited into the home of General George A. Custer, appointed exactly as it was in 1875 before he rode off to meet his destiny at Little Bighorn, and into the barracks of the seventh Cavalry (decorated with the biographies of the men of Company I).

The fort also contains the remains of the Mandan Indian settlement On-a-Slant Village, discovered by explorers Lewis and Clark in 1804. The settlement was abandoned and collapsing by the time Lewis and Clark found it, so they canoed north to find shelter for the winter. They encountered a Mandan trading town.

Today, that location is Fort Mandan National Historic Park -- it's a 70-minute drive from Fort Lincoln. When visiting Fort Mandan, see the fascinating Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. And don't forget the nearby North Dakota's Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site and Fort Union Post National Historic Site.

Continue to the next page for details on family vacations to historic North Dakota State Capitol.

Fort Abraham Lincoln and Fort Mandan Information

Address: 4480 Ft. Lincoln Rd

Mandan, ND

Telephone: 701/667-6340

Hours of Operation: Dawn - Dusk

Admission: $5 per vehicle

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