Fort Mandan, Washburn
Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Fort Mandan was the name of the encampment which the Lewis and Clark Expedition built for wintering over in 1804-1805. The encampment was located on the Missouri River approximately twelve miles from the site of present-day Washburn, North Dakota, which developed later. The precise location is not known for certain and is believed now to be under water of the river. A replica of the fort has been constructed near the original site.Construction and conditionsThe fort was built of cottonwood lumber cut from the riverbanks. It was triangular in shape, with high walls on all sides, an interior open space between structures, and a gate facing the Missouri River, by which the party would normally travel. Storage rooms provided a safe place to keep supplies. Lewis and Clark shared a room. The men of the Corps of Discovery started the fort on November 2, 1804. They wintered there until April 7, 1805. According to the journals, they built the fort slightly downriver from the five villages of the Mandan and Hidatsa nations.The winter was very cold, with temperatures sometimes dipping to minus 45 degrees Fahrenheit (-43°C), but the fort provided some protection from the elements. Several of the men of the expedition suffered frostbite due to the severely cold conditions, which affected them even with brief exposure.Before you head to Washburn, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Washburn family vacation planner, to make sure you see all that Washburn has to offer, including Fort Mandan.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and tour of the reproduction Fort. While you wait for your tour you can enjoy the exhibition in the small centre. They are obviously used to school visits as there were... read more »
Considering they didn't have much to work with -- Lewis & Clark's Mandan fort disappeared hundreds of years ago -- the locals have done an excellent job recreating what life would have been like for t... read more »
Great guided tour and tour guide. Very nice rangers. Maybe leave the doors open to exhibits so you can see at your own pace at the fort. Very small reconstructed fort with some great artifacts includi... read more »
Nice information. Guide was very knowledgeable. A must stop for lewis and clark
Nice history and re-creation of the Fort. Our guide wasn't the greatest, but our kids enjoyed it.
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Ortelius Abraham☆ Sacagawea encounters during the winter from Fort Mandan reproduce exhibition 1804 1805 cross party built Fort Mandan (Fort Mandan) in the manndann tribe of Washburn, North Dakota current neighborhood near Fort. Became trapped in the cabin one day a furious storm hit the line, no food. Saved the lives of members who joined the line of France-Canada who at that time, daughter of show Shawnee tribes Sacagawea and her husband Toussaint Charbonneau, fish to the hungry. Even after the unfortunate soldiers unfamiliar with fish, ate the condition worse, everyone recovered. Show Shawnee Tribe went from the far West for Sacagawea to replace food and money and jewelry they own, told members that the Chief's sister herself. At an early age she was quite common at this age, but as a slave brought to the hidatsa. Will be on a later journey to reunite with the elder brother. She has somewhat familiar to Indian tribes encountered by party headed for the Western language, helped the Marines as an interpreter. 1804 – in the winter of 1805, Sacagawea to birth to sons and Charbonneau, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. For women no infant was ever expedition, Sacagawea and the baby will help ease relations between the tribes and then. Manndann village at that time (George & Katrin paintings, 1833) returned to his hometown from Fort Mandan as a feedback force dozens of expedition members of the 4/1805,. According to reports about the Lewis and Clark expedition discovered they took material containing altogether 108 pieces of botanical specimens (includes some live animals), 68 mineral specimens, and Clark United States map. Prairie dogs remained alive, during which Jefferson received a box of other specimens are regularly sent back to Jefferson.show original
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