Ft Abercrombie

Fort Abercrombie

The original Fort Abercrombie was constructed in 1858.  It was the first military settlement in North Dakota.  The fort was besieged by the Sioux for more than six weeks in 1862, an event that came to be known as the Dakota War of 1862.  Four soldiers were killed and two wounded.

Two reconstructed blockhouses and the original guard house now reside at The Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site.  Fort Abercrombie is right on the Red River, about forty minutes south of Fargo.

photo by Troy, copyright SonicTremorMedia.com

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5 Responses to “Fort Abercrombie”
  1. Faylin Myhre says:

    Thanks for including Fort Abercrombie! I live in Aber and love taking pics of the blockhouses, there is a rich history here, if you’ve never visited I hope you put it on your list!

  2. Kristen Lynch says:

    I grew up in rural North Dakota and had never heard of Fort Abercrombie…that is until I competed in a preliminary pageant for the Miss America Organization and won the title of Miss Fort Abercrombie! I had the tremendous opportunity to participate in the annual Aber Days events and learned a great deal about this historical place. The pageant has since moved from Wahpeton to Montpelier, ND, but the Miss Fort Abercrombie title is still awarded. It is my hope that by continuing it, more people will be made aware of this great state treasure.

  3. J Kjelland says:

    I grew up in Fargo in the 1950′s. On the rare times my mother could get the car, she would pack a picnic lunch and take the five of us to Ft. Abercrombie for the day. She would sit and watch the river and we would play in the fort. I haven’t been back there since, but some of my best childhood memories are of those days.
    A few years ago I began to see T shirts with Abercrombie on them. I was amazed at how many people were visiting little Abercrombie, ND until someone told me they were from Abercrombie and Fitch!

  4. My Grandma, Laura Nesland, immigrated from Norway in 1920. MY Grandmother’s cousin, Linas Danielson, who lived in Ambercrombie, N.D. at that time, paid her passage. My husband and I , along with one of my sisters, paid a visit to Ambercrombie a little over a year ago. We visited the fort and saw the graves of Linas Danielson and other family members. We met wonderful people in the senior center. One of the gentlemen was the brother of Lenas Danielson’s daughter-inlaw. Through the daughter-inlaw , who now resides in a nursing home, in Fargo, we were able to discover much more information about Linas. We were also shown the three homes in Ambercrombie that he built. The first one would have been the house my Grandmother lived in. Two of the other gentlemen we met in the senior center that day shared memories of Linas with us. They fished with him as young boys. He apparently owned a meat market at one time and we were shown some old photos of him, one of which was taken in the meat shop. His daughter-inlaw, Thordis, told us he was a wonderful man. —Becky Schweitzer, Cle Elum, Wa.

  5. Carl Moses says:

    My Great Great Grandfather (Amab Dupree) was stationed there from June 10, 1865 to June 19, 1868
    He was in company D 10th US infantry, according to his military racords. I have yet to find anything from
    Fort Abercrombie with a picture of this company, aor something from there with his picture or name.
    It is a good feeling to know that the area is being restored and opened to the public.

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