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Fort Abercrombie, Abercrombie
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Fort Abercrombie, in North Dakota, was an American fort established by authority of an act of Congress, March 3, 1857. The act allocated twenty-five square miles of land on the Red River of the North in Dakota Territory to be used for a military outpost, but the exact location was left to the discretion of Lieutenant Colonel John J. Abercrombie. The fort was constructed in the year 1858. It was the first permanent military settlement in what became North Dakota, and is thus known as "The Gateway to the Dakotas".HistoryBecause the original location was prone to flooding, a new fort was built at a higher location in 1860, north of the original location. It was besieged by the Dakota (Sioux) Indians for more than six weeks during the Dakota War of 1862. The fort was abandoned in 1877 and the town of Abercrombie, North Dakota, was founded a half mile west in 1884. Abercrombie Township was settled, in part, due to the early presence of the fort.The fort served as a transportation hub as it guarded the Red River Trails used by the Red River ox cart trains of the late fur trade, military supply wagon trains, stagecoach routes, and steamboat traffic on the Red River.
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  • Driving down the highway I saw a sign for a fort. Thinking it was an odd location for one, I decided to take the approximately 5 mile detour off the highway and check it out. The visitor center is cle...  more »
  • Fort Abercrombie was established in 1858. The state historical site includes one original building and two replica blockhouses. There is a museum in the visitor center with artifacts that were found a...  more »
  • Upon learning that Fort Abercombie was the first fort built in the Dakota Territory, I decided to investigate it. Though just a few of the buildings have been reconstructed, the signage gives a very g...  more »
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  • Very historical and fascinating place.
  • Great tour guides!!
  • Cool atmosphere, really historical to think of what happened there