Five More North Dakota Sites You’ll Love

Five More North Dakota Sites You’ll Love

If you’re like us, you enjoy all things North Dakota. Here are five more North Dakota-related sites you should check out.

Wild In North Dakota: They might be the most followed North Dakota-oriented site on Facebook with over a quarter-million followers. Wild in North Dakota is a non-profit organization dedicated to the “promotion, education, and awareness of the wild horse herd” in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
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1897 Red River Valley League: This excellent site chronicles the 1897 Red River Valley Baseball League which featured teams from Fargo, Grand Forks, Moorhead, and Wahpeton-Breckenridge. “The league featured future major league players, local heroes, reckless characters, economic unrest, and spirited rivalries.”
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Dakota Death Trip: This fascinating site highlights the hardships our ancestors faced by examining the lurid. Through these stories of tragedy and misfortune, we learn a lot about the reality of life on the plains. Sometimes sad, other times humorous, you’ll get lost in Derek Dahlsad’s Dakota Death Trip for hours.
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Fargo Underground: An underground chronicle of the happenings and events in North Dakota’s largest city via a super-clean, easy-to-navigate website, constantly updated with photos and videos. If you want to know what’s happening in Fargo, this is a good place to start.
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Bismarck Cafe: Also known as BisMan Cafe and Bismarck Pride, this site features the latest news and happenings from the Bismarck/Mandan metro, plus historical data and photos from our state capital.
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Photo by Terry Hinnenkamp


8 thoughts on “Five More North Dakota Sites You’ll Love

  1. i would love to hear about the battleground of White Stone. There used to be a building there with tons of information on the “battle” but was burned down a few years ago. There is also a monument depicting the soldiers who died during the “battle”. What else can you tell me about the site. Thanks

    1. The battle at Whitestone Hill occurred Sept. 3, 1863. Volunteer soldiers (it was during the Civil War) of the 2nd Nebraska Cavalry and the 6th Iowa Cavalry had spent most of the summer heading north of Ft. Randall, (South Dakota now) along the Missouri River…looking for the Dakota-Sioux that had been involved in the “Dakota Conflict” of Minnesota-eastern (Dakota Territory) of 1862. This column was led by General Sully. Another column of volunteer soldiers under General Sibley had come out of Minnesota, heading into what is now central North Dakota. The idea was to catch the Dakota-Sioux in a pincer movement. But that idea did not work out very well, General Sibley arrived in the area and fought three major running battles with the Dakota-Sioux, until he had forced them across the Missouri River (to the west) just south of the present city of Bismarck, ND. Sully’s forces were delayed in having to await supplies being brought up the Missouri River, and discovered that Sibley’s forces had arrived about a month earlier, and had forced the Dakota-Sioux across the Missouri. So, Sully’s forces started back to the southeast, basically heading back to Nebraska-Iowa before winter set in. Enroute they discovered an elderly wounded warrior of the Dakota-Sioux that had been left out on the prairie. After “interviewing”that warrior, the soldiers continued the march to the southeast, and discovered the large encampment of Dakota-Sioux at Whitestone Hill. This group of Dakota-Sioux had been on a buffalo hunt, and were busy preparing the hides and meat for the winter. Soldiers of the 6th Iowa arrived at the west edge of the Dakota-Sioux village first, and began discussion with the leader of the Dakota-Sioux village. But, the soldiers also sent runners back to the main column of soldiers, which were located about 10-11 miles to the west, northwest. When the main column of soldiers arrived, the village was attacked without listening to the Dakota-Sioux leader’s protestations that they were a “friendly” village, trying to escape the difficulties brought about by the “Dakota Conflict” of 1862. The battle lasted into darkness. As the fire-fight waned in the darkness, many of the Dakota-Sioux people fled to the northeast. About 2 or 3 days later, some of the soldiers caught up with a group of the Dakota-Sioux near the present town of Edgley, ND, where there was another fire-fight. As that ended, the soldiers returned to Whitestone Hill, while the Dakota-Sioux broke into small groups and headed mostly to the north and east. Sully’s forces, after burning all of the meat and supplies, tipis, etc., left the field and headed back to Ft. Randall. The battle at Whitestone Hill is noted as one of the biggest fights (along with the battle at Kildeer Mtn. in western North Dakota a year later) between U.S. forces and Dakota-Sioux, prior to the Battle at Little Bighorn in Montana in 1876. More information could be obtained by visiting the State Historical Society of North Dakota web-sites, Whitestone Hill Battlefield State Historic Site. There is a local “friends” group that supports the State Historical Society’s work at Whitestone Hill. They are known as the Whitestone Hill Battlefield Historical Society, and they encourage membership by interested persons, and meet usually once a month.

    1. You are welcome. Before my retirement, I was Regional Manager for the Eastern State Historic Sites in North Dakota. That included Whitestone Hill.

    1. You are welcome. Before my retirement I served as the Regional Manager for the Eastern North Dakota State Historic Sites, which included Whitestone Hill.

  2. We as young kids, our parents would take us to Whitestone Battle Field, it was a History Lesson, and what a beautiful place to tour, but a few years ago,, the building was burned down that housed all the History, and photos from that sad time.. such needless killings, of women, children, and much needed food for their Winter supplies..

    1. We must be careful not to judge history from modern perspectives, but to try to understand the facts on both sides. Your are correct in that it was a tragic affair. I am proud to have suggested to the Whitestone Hill Battlefield Historical Society that they sponsor an annual school field day. They have done that with great success. I believe it brings a better understanding between peoples. At least I hope so.

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