Take a North Dakota Heritage and Heroes Tour

Learn about the historic figures who shaped the Dakota Territory into what it is today.

North Dakota Heritage and Heroes

Taking a Heritage and Heroes tour in North Dakota leads to stories of Native Americans, the U.S. military, railroad workers and European immigrants who became the farmers, ranchers and cowboys of Dakota Territory.

True grit and western heroes fill North Dakota's history pages. Learn how today's North Dakota was shaped by its "Heritage and Heroes." Smell the comforting fires of an earthlodge, relive pioneer experiences on a wagon train or catch the view from a military fort. History comes alive in North Dakota.

Heritage and Heroes of the Eastern Region 

Bagg Bonanza Farm, Mooreton

One of the last remaining bonanza farms in the U.S. The centerpiece of the 15-acre farm is a fully restored 21-bedroom main house. National Historical Landmark.

Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site, Abercrombie

First United States military post in North Dakota. The fort was used from 1858 to 1878 as the gateway to the Dakota frontier. The new interpretive center is open May-September.

Ronald Reagan Missile State Historic Sites, Cooperstown

Take an underground tour of Oscar Zero Launch Control Facility and see the November 33 Missile Silo to learn the story of the Cold War in North Dakota. They are the last remnants of the 321st Missile Wing, a cluster of intercontinental ballistic missile launch sites spread over a 6,500-square-mile area around the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Rosebud Visitor Center, Valley City

Features the "Rosebud," an antique railcar from the early railroad. Also exhibits and interpretation for the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway, railroads and development of the valley.

Gingras Trading Post, Walhalla 

Learn about true pioneer life while visiting Gingras Trading Post near Walhalla. The 1840s buildings are the oldest standing building structures in North Dakota.

Pembina State Museum, Pembina

100 million years of regional history in the permanent exhibit gallery. Get a look at the surrounding country from the seven-story viewing tower.

Bonanzaville, USA, West Fargo

Self-guided tour of 40 buildings includes authentic log cabins, school, church, train depot and mansion. Automobile, tractor and airplane collections. Annual summer events.

Heritage and Heroes of the Central Region

Fort Totten State Historic Site, Fort Totten

Military post built in 1867 and used until 1890 when it became a boarding school for Native American children. It is the best-preserved frontier cavalry post west of the Mississippi River.

Frontier Village and World's Largest Buffalo, Jamestown

Original buildings from frontier villages have been moved to this site. The World's Largest Buffalo monument is made from 60 tons of concrete and stands 26 feet tall.

National Buffalo Museum, Jamestown

Buffalo evolution displays, exhibits and a live herd of buffalo, including the rare albino buffalo, White Cloud, Dakota Miracle and Dakota Legend.

Prairie Village Museum, Rugby 

Complete pioneer village with classic cars, fully stocked general store, guns, early train, Native American and Eskimo artifacts and wildlife displays.

Lawrence Welk Birthplace, Strasburg

Boyhood home of famous "Champagne Music Maker" band leader, Lawrence Welk. Sod house, summer kitchen, barn, buggy house, granary and blacksmith shop.

Scandinavian Heritage Center and Park, Minot 

Outdoor museum features Norwegian house, stabbur, Danish windmill, Swedish Dala Horse, stave church, statues, picnic pavilion and visitor center, Finnish sauna, map plaza.

Railroad Museum of Minot 

Displays and artifacts trace the vital impact of the railroads on the communities and the way of life the railroads provided for many individuals.

Ward County Historical Society Museum Research Center and Archives, Minot 

Pioneer village houses a collection of preserved and restored historic buildings and thousands of artifacts.

Heritage and Heroes of the Western Region

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, Stanton

Visit the remains of three Hidatsa villages, including the home of Sakakawea, that were occupied for more than 11,000 years. Site has modern museum, visitor center and movie.

Fort Mandan Historic Site and Headwaters Visitor Center, Washburn

Reconstructed winter home of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Site includes visitor center, walking trails, picnic areas and cross-country ski trails.

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn 

Site has artifacts from every tribe the explorers encountered on their journey. The center features a rare complete set of the printed artworks of Swiss artist Karl Bodmer.

Double Ditch Indian Village State Historic Site, Bismarck

Archaeological site of Mandan Indian village overlooking the Missouri River with remains of earthlodges, refuse mounds, surrounding fortification ditches and interpretive panels.

Camp Hancock State Historic Site, Bismarck 

Military post established initially as Camp Greeley in 1872 to provide protection for work gangs building the Northern Pacific Railroad. Log headquarters serves as an interpretive museum for artifacts and exhibits.

Buckstop Junction, Bismarck 

Reconstructed village on 20 acres contains actual buildings from the late 1800s to the early 1930s. Turn-of-the-century atmosphere.

North Dakota State Capitol Tours, Bismarck

The 19-story, Art Deco building was constructed in 1933 for $2 million and contains unique woods and materials from many states and countries.

State Museum in the North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck

State's largest museum has an outstanding collection of Plains Indian artifacts and interpretive exhibits that feature North Dakota's varied Native American, military and agricultural history and prehistory.

Former Governor's Mansion State Historic Site, Bismarck

This Victorian-style home served as a residence for 20 governors from 1893 to 1960. Exhibits feature the restoration process, architectural style changes and furniture used by several governors. Also features the restored carriage house.

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Custer House and Cavalry Square, Mandan 

Guided tour of Gen. George and Libbie Custer's home. Self-guided tour of Fort Abraham Lincoln, home of the 7th Cavalry.

On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village, Mandan

400-year-old Mandan Indian village, which thrived for 200 years. Interpretive tours of five reconstructed earthlodges and the village grounds.

Sitting Bull Burial State Historic Site, Fort Yates 

The site marks the original burial ground of Hunkpapa Sioux leader Sitting Bull, who was killed on Dec. 15, 1890.

Assumption Abbey, Richardton 

This Benedictine monastery built in 1909 features Romanesque structure, original paintings and 50 large stained glass windows.

Dunn County Historical Museum, Dunn Center

Features authentic memorabilia depicting the heritage of the settlers in the Badlands and prairie areas of Dunn County.

Three Affiliated Tribes Museum, New Town 

Museum serves as heritage center to display and preserve history and culture of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people. 

Dakota Buttes Museum, Hettinger

Features pioneer items, hand tools, clothing, farm equipment, antique vehicles, military items and church displays. Also a visual tour of early Main Street and a recreated pioneer kitchen.

Ukrainian Cultural Institute, Dickinson 

Ukrainian cultural exhibits, folk art, research library and cheese button factory.

Long X Trading Post Visitor Center, Watford City 

Information center about the area's cultural, geological, historical and geographic attractions.

Chateau de Mores and Visitor Center, Medora 

This 26-room, two-story frame building was built in 1883 as the summer residence of the Marquis' family. The chateau is now a historic house museum.

Maltese Cross Cabin, Medora 

Built during the winter of 1883-84, the Maltese Cross Cabin was Theodore Roosevelt's first home in Dakota Territory.

North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora 

Displays show the history and heritage of the trail drivers, homesteaders and rodeo stars and the horse's impact on life on the North Dakota plains.

Fort Buford State Historic Site, Williston 

Army fort critical for U.S. expansion. Sitting Bull surrendered here in 1881. Exhibits in original buildings and reconstructed barracks.

Pioneer Trails Regional Museum, Bowman 

Offers cowboy, Native American and military history, unique gardens, artifacts, fossils, dinosaurs, guided tours of fossil sites. Includes gift shop.

Unique Antique Car Museum, Marmarth

Large number of restored antique automobiles and license plates from 1916 to the present, 1920s Buddy L toys, die-cast toys and cast iron and hand-carved toys.

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