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Fort Mandan, Washburn

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Fort Mandan was the name of the encampment which the Lewis and Clark Expedition built for wintering over in 1804–1805. The encampment was located on the Missouri River approximately twelve miles (19 km) from the site of present-day Washburn, North Dakota, which developed later. The precise location is not known for certain. It is believed now to be under the water of the river. A replica of the fort has been constructed near the original site.
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  • Unfortunately, the center was closed but I still was able to take a tour of the fort with a ranger as a guide. It was highly informative and very enjoyable. A fun stop! 
    Unfortunately, the center was closed but I still was able to take a tour of the fort with a ranger as a guide. It was highly informative and very enjoyable. A fun stop!  more »
  • Great historical setting of rich history. This is where Lewis and Clark settled in on their journey to the Western areas of the country 
    Great historical setting of rich history. This is where Lewis and Clark settled in on their journey to the Western areas of the country  more »
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  • Impressive site to visit the history of Lewis and Clark with their expedition. The Fort Mandan is a recreation of the original fort that was located a little more up river and now underwater or otherwise not accessible. This site definitely gives the impression of how the expedition lived. Each room of the fort is a particular topic for the tour guide to discuss and illustrate the life of expedition members. The rooms were very well laid out with re-created artifacts that demonstrate life in the fort. My 8 year old thought this was the highlight of our vacation. The tour guide was exciting, knowledgeable, and patient with questions. I believe there are several tours per day. We visited on Saturday (last tour?) with only one other party participating in the tour. There are bathroom facilities that were open and perhaps more that was closed perhaps due to a slow day.
  • Purchase tickets at the interpretive center for the tour of the fort. Excellent tour even though the visitor center was closed. Looks like many trails at the adjacent park, too.

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