Fort Totten State Historic Site

Fort Totten State Historic Site

Fort Totten State Historic Site
4.5
Military MuseumsHistoric Sites
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Visit one of the best-preserved frontier military forts in the United States. When the military left, Fort Totten became one of the largest Indian boarding schools in the nation. Explore the 17 original buildings that once rang with the jingle of cavalry harness and the shouts of playing children. Listen for the echoes of the past when you stay at the Fort Totten Inn, located in one of the original fort buildings.
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Jamie V
Ripon, WI92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
We stumbled upon this purely by accident, but are very happy we did. There weren't a lot of people there so we could explore at our own pace. Be sure to grab a couple of the brochures that are offered by the counter when you check in. There are lots of stories on them that are very interesting as you walk through the different buildings.
Written August 16, 2017
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Elizabeth C
Glencoe, MN236 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We were driving past and decided to stop as it was raining and the fishing was a bit slow. Fort Totten did not disappoint! The buildings are well maintained and there is something educational in each of them. Very fun to walk around and learn about the fort's history and the different stages it has gone through. I really liked the school and the B and B that is there. It was just the right activity for a rainy afternoon. The education and displays in each building were not overly wordy and very interesting.
Written August 25, 2019
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pskruse
Fargo, ND253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
The Fort was built in 1867 as a military post (it was decommissioned 1890), but for most of its history it served as a boarding school for Native American children (up until 1959). Fort Totten was designated a historic site in 1960 and the 17 buildings (with the exception of one) were built between 1867-1871. The buildings made of locally made bricks are in the process of being painted and outfitted with more displays. I would have liked to have had a guide to make the experience more interesting, but the exhibits did have good signage to explain things. I would have also enjoyed getting the perspective of Native Americans who had been to the school (or a descendant). It was a disturbing part of history that we don't normally like to think about. The drive there from Devils Lake is very scenic with many great views of the lake. I'm very glad that we decided to stop here!
Written August 9, 2017
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Jim-Denise-MB
Winnipeg, Canada75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
Stay in the Fort Totten Historic Inn, which is one of the museum buildings converted to a bed and breakfast. the inn, beautiful, clean, comfortable, and full of antiques, Attend the play, great community theatre, we always enjoy the evening. See the museum, your sleeping in. Lots to see, plenty of history, overall, a super cool place.
Written July 29, 2014
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Jo T
Highland140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
The visitors center is where you need to stop first to get the history of the fort. It will amaze you what role it played in history. The buildings on the premises are in great shape on the outside and you can see they are trying to get the insides refurbished to the time period but it will take a while. But i really liked it. If you have ever been to Fort Apache in AZ it is very similar. I would suggest stopping
Written July 27, 2013
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Julie S
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
This unique historical site offers educational, cultural, dining (during The Fort Totten Little Theater season) and a bed and breakfast(The Totten Inn). The museums have been renovated and provide important information about the region. The theater performances in July are truly amazing. The Totten Inn is beautifully decorated. This is a must see if you are in North Dakota!
Written July 23, 2016
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MNDoodles
Stillwater, MN675 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015
A big WOW for this amazing historic site near Devil's Lake. With an $8.00 admission, my husband and I were mesmorized by the incredible history and stories told by our wonderful Native guide Mildred. This fort's pristine state of preservation is only exceeded by the poignant and often sad human stories of the fort, which includes both the soldiers' time here and also the Native American children's time here, attending boarding school into the 1950's after the fort was deactivated as a military post. Be sure to ask for a guided tour rather than going through on your own. If you are lucky to have Mildred as your guide, you will have a rich and thoughtful experience learning about the era in which the site operated as a fort and a boarding school, and you might even hear a few real life ghost stories!
Written September 9, 2015
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jwelhwel
United States530 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
We visited Fort Totten at the end of june while touring northern North Dakota. There is a lot of information in the buildings at the fort. It is a rather remote area so it is very peaceful. There is an inn with overnight accomodations. No tour guides were there on our visit but we were able to go into many of the buildings
Written June 12, 2014
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Travelerfolk
West Columbia, TX32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Couples
Fort Totten is more interesting because of the two different institutions that existed here and the combining of area collectables in multiple parts that provides a multiple museum experience. It was first a military barracks in the post civil war era of western expansion. More information is provided on the turn of the century era when the buildings served as an re-education center for the local indians. But the most surprising thing was the additional displays in some of the multiple buildings, all of which one can walk through, of 19th to 20th century items from a general goods store and a "Daughters of Pioneers" Museum. Additionally there is an onsite B&B that you can stay with reservations.

For the entry fee of $5 a person it makes a worthwhile stop when staying in the Devils Lake area.
Written July 31, 2011
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Belinda T
Kansas City, Missouri, USA18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Preserved military post with many buildings open to view. A boardwalk around the parade grounds leads to the buildings that were used by the military & then changed to a boarding school for Dakota Indian children. Very interesting!!
Written June 30, 2019
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