I'm going to take you back to October 25, 1804. The Lewis & Clark Expedition set out early under a gentle breeze, passing deserted villages of the Mandan before finally encountering several parties. Corps member Gass wrote, "A great many of the natives, some on horseback and some on foot appeared on the hills on the north side, hallooing and singing."
In the book, A Vast and Open Plain, editors note that the curiosity of the Mandans and Hidatsas were well known, and their apparent joy on the arrival of the Corps of Discovery was not unique.
The Corps found a place to bring boats to shore and camp, but it wasn't until November 2, 1804 when the eventual location of Fort Mandan was chosen. Today, visitors are welcome to tour reconstructed Fort Mandan and a beautiful Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center near Washburn - showcasing many unique artifacts and premiere history of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.