Famous North Dakotans

North Dakota legends and historic notables include Sitting Bull and Theodore Roosevelt.

The legendary North Dakota brand was built on the stories of notable figures who have a legacy preserved here. Visitors can tour the site where Sakakawea lived with her village. They can walk inside Theodore Roosevelt's cabin in the Badlands. They can canoe the same waters as Lewis & Clark. They can see where Sitting Bull surrendered

These famous figures might not have been from North Dakota, but their history was defined here. And those legends are now joined by modern-day sports heroes, musicians, models, actors and writers who are not only from North Dakota but have blazed, or are blazing, legendary trails of their own.

In the lower level of the North Dakota Capitol, visitors can see the portraits of recipients of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, recognizing present or former North Dakotans who have been influenced by this state. Those honorees include:

  • Entertainer Lawrence Welk
  • Athlete Roger Maris
  • Author Louis L'Amour
  • Entertainer Peggy Lee
  • Athlete and Coach Phil Jackson
  • Actress Angie Dickinson
  • Author Louise Erdich (most recent)
Throughout the state, a number of attractions invite you to learn more about North Dakota legends. At the Frontier Village in Jamestown, there's a "writer's shack" dedicated to the beloved western author, Louis L'Amour. Fargo has a Roger Maris Museum housed in the West Acres Shopping Center. And in Minot, you can dine in actor Josh Duhamel's restaurant, 10 North Main.
Speaking of Josh Duhamel, he's just one of the stars of North Dakota whose current success is being celebrated, along with musician Gwen Sebastian and Olympic medalists Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux.
North Dakota is a place of legends ... and where legends begin.
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