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“our last stop on our Montana tour”

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Mandan
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Rich in both military and early Native American history, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is your destination! The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is the state agency charged with administering selected parks and recreation areas that are deemed to have state-wide or regional significance. In addition, the department has responsibility for the following functions: ◾Off-highway vehicle planning and safety program ◾Snowmobile safety programs and trails ◾Nature Preserves Act ◾Outdoor recreation grants and statewide recreation planning ◾State Scenic Byways Program The mission of the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is to provide and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities through diverse parks and programs that conserve the state's natural diversity. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park in North Dakota is one of the outstanding historic areas within the state. The park is made historically important because within its boundaries are the ruins of On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village and the Fort Abraham Lincoln cavalry and infantry posts. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is located 7 miles south of Mandan, ND, on Highway 1806. For those touring the historic fort buildings and Mandan Village, interpretive passes are required in addition to the vehicle entrance fee. There are daily tours of the Custer House and the On-A-Slant Indian village (May - September). Amenities ◾1,006 acres ◾Campground ◾Electrical ◾Reservations ◾RV Dump station ◾Showers ◾Cabins ◾Visitor center ◾Historic buildings ◾Interpretive tours ◾Picnic shelters ◾Playground ◾Horse corrals
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Mason City, Iowa
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“our last stop on our Montana tour”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

This is another great place for American history buffs, as we are. I would also recommend seeing the Little Bighorn Battle site on the same trip if possible? The tour of Custer's house was excellent. The guide spoke " spoke in character" during the tour. I got caught looking in Libby's clothes closet, which was a real no-no in those days. After seeing the grave stones at Little Bighorn, and then seeing the barracks at the fort, where these men were stationed, was very sobering. There are actual photographs and brief family histories of the men who died at Little Bighorn. In addition there is an excellent interpretive center highlighting the Mandan-Hidatsa cultures of the upper Missouri river. I'm glad we made the stop--Great decision!!!

Visited July 2012
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Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
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51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Amazing day at the park.”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Our family of four went out to the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park looking for a fun day outside. What we did not expect to find were amazing tours led by people who really knew their stuff. We all learned so much about the Native American village and General Custer's home. We would highly recommend sticking around for the tour of the slant indian village. There are tours on the top of the hour every hour of Custer's house that are truly a step back in time. We all had an amazing time and walked away having learned a lot.

Visited September 2012
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USA
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297 reviews
211 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Fun Tour at the Fort”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

Pros: A fantastic and enthusiastic tour guide led our tour through General Custer's former home at the fort, all the while keeping up the charade that he was a member of the infantry and that we were all invited to the dinner social that night. It was fun and informative at the same time. Learned some facts that most history books would have skimmed over, such as the General's quirks. View from the observation/watchtower hill is fantastic; the whole city of Bismarck is readily visible on the horizon.

Cons: The tour guide of the Mandan village, by contrast, seemed as if he were not quite clear on all of his facts.

Tip: Get there early. Even though they're open until 7, the tours end at 5.

Visited August 2012
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Devils Lake, North Dakota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Learned a lot”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

We learned a lot and will come again when the kids are older. We have been here before but its always a nice stop because you always learn something new when you stop

Visited July 2012
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Maple Park, Illinois
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“Pleasant & informative”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

We toured George Armstrong Custer's home at the Fort & found this terribly interesting. The employees dressed in period Army attire, and informed us that once we stepped into the home, he would be relating to us as a mid-19th century serviceman, and would not understand any questions about modern-day American conveniences. Pleasant, helpful gift shop employees.

Visited July 2012
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