Teddy Roosevelt National Park
North Dakota
Mandan Village
Day 1 ~ Day 2 ~ Day 3 ~ Day 4 ~ Day 5 ~ Day 6
July 22, 2005
Bismarck, North Dakota
One of the reasons I came to North Dakota (other than my goal to visit all of the states) was to see some of my students. Since I teach online, I don't get to meet many of them. However, several past and one present student met me at a restaurant. A couple of alumni came along too -- even though they had never had me for a class. Here is the group.
Me with some of my distance students
The night before, they had arranged a lovely hail storm for me. Wasn't that nice of them. However, after the storm comes a rainbow. That's a good life lesson too. More storms may be waiting, but that's okay. Look at the color that the storms add to the view below.
Hail from storm
Rainbow after storm
Storm over Bismarck
My first activity for this day was a visit to Fort Abraham Lincoln. It was built on the site of an abandoned Mandan Indian village. They have reconstructed part of that village. Below is their meeting hall.
Mandan meeting house
Below is a Mandan house. It is built out of logs, covered with willow branches and finally covered with mud baked into a hard brick. Below that are a couple of photos from inside. The floor was also "brick" -- a novelty for that time.
Mandan house
Mandan house
Mandan house
After leaving the Mandan village, I went to see where they are re-creating the fort. This is where General Custer lived before his "encounter" with Sitting Bull at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
Custer house
The afternoon was spent aboard a boat on the Missouri River.
Missouri River
This house on the river was interesting.
House on Missouri River
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