North Dakota National Historic Sites

The state of North Dakota is largely crafted by Old West legendary heroes, early pioneers, and hard-working immigrants from many parts of the world. All these people created a heritage and left a legacy that continues to our days. Look at the following North Dakota National Historic sites and find out more about the things that you can do North Dakota and discover what makes North Dakota so legendary.

It’s January now and bitter cold this time of the year in North Dakota and it seems this year is colder than ever before, but once spring has come, get ready for a visit to this beautiful state. See also this video about the best North Dakota places to visit:

If you’re looking for outdoor adventure, the state offers lots of unspoiled wilderness and the state’s parklands are scenic and wonderful. North Dakota is also known for the many stories about haunted places, though the state has the most friendly kind of spirits.

The beauty of North Dakota was a source of inspiration for Theodore Roosevelt to set up the American National Forest System. Besides the state’s stunningly beautiful scenery, North Dakota offers visitors a highly fascinating idea about the culture and history of this North American region through the many historic sites and museums. Adventurers such as Sakakawea, Lewis & Clark, and Theodore Roosevelt explored this rugged land.

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office as President of the United States on September 14, 1901, here in the Ansley Wilcox House after the assassination of President William McKinley.

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
315 2nd Avenue, Medora, ND 58645-0007, Phone: (701) 623.4466

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

The 26th President was born in a brownstone house here on October 27, 1858. Demolished in 1916, it was reconstructed and rededicated in 1923 and furnished by the President’s widow and sisters. See also this post about some interesting North Dakota Wineries.

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace
315 2nd Avenue, Medora, ND 58645-0007, Phone: (701) 623.4466

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is known for both earlier Native American and military history. In earlier days, Fort Abraham Lincoln included a crucial cavalry and infantry post. From this post, Luitenant Colonel G.A. Custer together with the 7th Cavalry set out against the Sioux on their fateful expedition at the site Little Big Horn. Major parts of thin once so important military post were reconstructed, including the site’s Custer House.

The park’s “On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village” is very popular with visitors and reconstructed so-called “earth-lodges” are depicting the Mandan Indians that lived on this location from the late 16th to the late 18th century. From Mandan, it’s not that far to Eddy County, North Dakota where you’ll find, among other things, a great golf course.

Next to the characteristic Heart River, you can find a nice and contemporary campground in beautiful wooded scenery that includes lots of playground equipment and picnic sites. When visitors walk along the area’s gentle hill slopes and the park’s historic trails, they will have a beautiful panoramic view of the great Missouri River as well.

The campground offers over 1,000 acres with 95 sites that all have 30 amp electrical hookups, a visitor center, a dump station, up-to-date showers, contemporary sleeping cabins, historic buildings, fine hiking trails, interpretive Tours, a well-equipped playground, and several picnic shelters. A great place to set out on your ice fishing trips.

Ft. Abraham Lincoln State Park
4480 Ft. Lincoln Road, Mandan, ND 58554, Phone: (701) 667.634
The park is found some seven miles from Mandan, ND, on Hwy 1806

Fort Ransom State Park

Fort Ransom State Park was established in mid-1979 and is situated in the heavily-wooded and picturesque Sheyenne River Valley. The park is a natural scenic area situated next to one of the state’s official and beautiful “Scenic Byways & Backways”. Fort Ransom Park is open year-round for picnicking and camping. See also What You Can Expect In North Dakota.

Kayak and canoe rentals are available and during the summer, canoeing is actually a very popular activity on the Sheyenne River. Part of the state’s beautiful North Country National and ND Scenic Trail is winding through the great park. The park has several trails and corrals for horse-riding lovers and if you bring your own horses, you can only feed your horses certified hay (weed-free) that’s sold in the park.

Fort Ransom State Park boasts almost 900 acres, 30 campsites, 30 amp hookups, showers, a dump station, interesting historic buildings, a visitor center, picnic shelters, kitchen facilities, a playground, fishing, mountain biking, kayak & canoe rentals, horse trails and corrals, beautiful hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, and snowmobile trails. See also why so many students want to study in North Dakota.

Ft. Ransom State Park
5981 W. Hjelle Pkwy, Ft. Ransom, ND 58033, Phone: (701) 973.4331
Located about two miles north of Ft. Ransom in southeastern North Dakota, some 35 miles from Valley City and 20 miles from Lisbon.

Historic Elmwood

Elmwood is a 20-acre tract of land along the Park River in Grafton, North Dakota. The site includes a beautiful Victorian mansion located on three acres that was built in 1895 by Clarence A.M. Spencer, North Dakota’s second attorney general.

William C. Treumann, the second owner, was a commander of the North Dakota Volunteers who saw duty in the Philippines in 1898. It was Mr. Treumann who registered the property as “Elmwood” in 1913.

Luther and Mary Nancy Williamson, operators of one of the last independent milk companies in North Dakota, purchased the property in 1945. It was the Williamson family that sought recognition of the property by the National Register of Historic Places and made a gift of the property to North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department in 1986.

The site was first opened to the public in 1989 and is managed by a local Board of Directors. The house and grounds have been restored and is rented for meetings, birthdays, anniversaries, small weddings and showers. The kitchen is well equipped and the house is beautifully furnished in the Victorian manner.

The Victorian mansion can be rented for meetings, birthday celebrations, anniversaries, small weddings, and showers. The site is a wonderful setting for hiking, picnicking, touring, and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Elmwood State Park
Stephen Avenue & 2nd Street, Grafton, ND  58237, Phone: (701) 352.0152
From the junction of US Hwy. 81 and ND Hwy. 17, go north on Hwy. 81 to 5th Street. East (right) on 5th Street, crossing the railroad tracks, to Stephen Avenue. Then north (left) on Stephen Avenue for 2 blocks to Historic Elmwood.