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“A must see while in the Bismarck-Mandan area”

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
Henderson, Nevada
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96 reviews
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“A must see while in the Bismarck-Mandan area”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Spent an enjoyable half day at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Enjoyed the history packed On-Slant Indian Village with our tour guide Becky, drove up to the Infantry posts and toured the cemetery of the 7th calvary men who died between 1873 and 1875, then drove down to General Custer's home and the barracks.

Visited July 2013
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Iowa City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“So much to see and do”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Start with the Visitor Center/Museum to get an overview of what's in the area. There are paved trails and unpaved trails - a little bit of something for everyone. The guided tours are well worth the time. We spent 4.5 hours but you can spend as much or as little time as you want. The scenery is beautiful so don't forget your camera. If you're going to walk the unpaved trails, you may want to bring some bug spray - it's not horribly buggy but you might be more comfortable with it.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“North Dakota Rocks”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

North Dakota has done such a good job with their historical sites. The barracks at this site gives you a real fill for what it was like at that time because they have high end reproductions of tools, clothing, etc. The Custer House is also on this site and well worth your valuable travel time.

Visited June 2013
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“Great for history buffs, or for a nice outdoor park experience”
Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

I really enjoyed my visit here. At the first stop in the park is the cavalry post exhibit. Here you will see many of the stone foundations of the original buildings of this post. They have rebuilt a few of the structures including a barracks... And another barrack type building that is used as a gift store and book shop. Also reconstructed is the camp commander's house which is furnished as it would have been in Custer's day. Keep in mind, the original was destroyed and this is a replica home, but rebuilt very nicely. There was a young fellow dressed in uniform who took me through the house and who knew his stuff and was very interesting to listen to. I was there on my own and so I told him not to bother with the authentic reenactor routine but to just give me a little tour, which he very nicely did. Up a ways farther into the park you will find a repreduction of the mandan village which had been on the site in the 1650s and farther still, a few rebuilt infantry blockhouses. One reviewer says that the place is run down, but I on't agree with that assesment at all. I spent about an hour there, but could have easily spent a few.

Visited May 2013
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“Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

A wonderful experience, especially enjoyed the tour of Custer's home led by docents in period dress who would only speak with us as though they were living back in Custer's time. Each room was wonderful.

Visited July 2012
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