By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 7/09/19 (Tue)
You can find all kinds of treasurers when you drive around
There’s also a lot more history to this land area that became North Dakota. It actually dates back to nearly 50 years before the
For those who have studied history, or enjoy it as a pastime, they would know of some of the places that were once important and still hold significance in our history.
The earliest recorded history dates back to 1738 when French Canadian explorer Pierre La Verendrye trekked through the northern tier of what is now
Nearly a century later, in 1822, the Mandan Indians built a village of earth lodges along the bank of the Missouri River in what is now
In 1830, James Kipp, an employee of the American Fur Co., built the Fort Clark Trading Post south of the
By 1834, Francis Chardon, the head trader, documented daily life at
It was never a military fort like
The first steamboat that navigated the upper
Soon thereafter, Karl Bodmer, George Catlin and Prince Maximilian would visit.
But it was a steamboat called the
Unfortunately, that is what put
The disease swept through the
The epidemic also killed approximately 50 percent of the Arikara tribe and in 1838, they moved into the abandoned village at
Tragically, in 1851 an outbreak of cholera and a second smallpox outbreak in 1856, further reduced their population. The Arikaras continued to use the village as their summer home until they moved to
In 1860, half of
More than 2,200 surface features represent the ruins of houses, graves, storage pits and other cultural remains.
Clusters of small, circular depressions and donut-shaped mounds near railroad tracks mark graves. The unmarked cemetery, with approximately 800 graves, personifies the epidemics that nearly annihilated the occupants of the
Many casual motorists drive by not even knowing the history that took place at
Signs along N.D. Alternate Highway 200 indicate the historical significance, otherwise you could drive right past and be totally oblivious to it all.
If you are coming in from the west, continue traveling east of Hazen and instead of turning north to go to Garrison Dam, continue east toward Stanton, round the bend, drive a few miles and you will have arrived.
The drive from either direction is especially pretty in September when the leaves are changing color. In a lot of ways, the winding road, the bluffs, the river, reminds us of driving through rural
The area is quite different than it was 280 years ago when Verendrye arrived. The history, however, should never be forgotten.