Wednesday, September 26, 2012

NORTH DAKOTA

BILLINGS COUNTY
Medora
Sights & Sites
Theodore Roosevelt National Park – 315 2nd Avenue (headquarters); 701-623-4730; nps.gov/thro; (1) South Unit entrance is in Medora, accessible via Interstate 94 Exits 24-27 in North Dakota, (2) Painted Canyon Visitor Center is 7 miles east of Medora on I-94 at Exit 32, North Unit is along US Highway 85, approximately 14 miles south of Watford City & 50 miles north of Belfield (I-94 travelers can access US Highway 85 at Exit 42 in Belfield), & (4) Elkhorn Ranch Unit is 35 miles north of Medora (access is via gravel roads, Elkhorn Ranch Guide & Map available online); 701-623-4730; nps.gov/thro; 3 geographically separated badland areas (North Unit, South Unit & Elkhorn Ranch Unit) in western North Dakota; covers 110 square miles; Little Missouri River flows through all 3 units; among most popular attractions is wildlife viewing, including bison, feral horses, elk, bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer and mule deer, prairie dogs, and at least 186 species of birds including golden eagles, sharp-tailed grouse, and wild turkeys.



CASS COUNTY
Fargo
Sights & Sites
Fargo Theatre – 314 Broadway; 701-239-8385; fargotheatre.org; restored, Art Deco masterpiece that still shows movies.



SIOUX COUNTY
Fort Yates
Sights & Sites
Burial Site of Sitting Bull – Sitting Bull Avenue; ndtourism.com/fort-yates/attractions/sitting-bull-burial-site-fort-yates; site marks original burial ground of Hunkpapa Sioux leader Sitting bull, killed 15 December 1890; remains moved in 1950s to Mobridge, South Dakota.



WARD COUNTY
MINOT
Sights & Sites
Scandinavian Heritage Center – 1020 South Broadway Street; 701-852-9161; scandinavianheritage.org; make sure to see Gol Stave Church Museum, full-size Gol Stave Church replica (original built in 1250 and moved from Gol, Hallingdal, Norway, to Folk Museum in Bygdoy Park in Oslo, Norway, about 100 years ago); noted wood carvers Philip Odden and Elsa Bigton (Barronet, Wisconsin) completed intricately-carved front and side doors and portals; inside corner posts accentuated, heavier, and more richly decorated than other structural elements.

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