Bismarck Day 2 Brrrr !
Trip Start May 29, 2009
114Trip End Oct 03, 2009
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In spite of the weather, we visited Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. This area was the home of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Awatixa tribes of Native Americans and a major trading center. All lived in earth lodges. We enjoyed a ranger guided tour of a recreated earth lodge.
We then crossed back over the Missouri River to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center that includes a rebuilt version of Fort Mandan where the Discovery Corps spent their first winter 1804 to 1805. In spite of the rain there was lots of activity there with a period rendezvous going on.
Lewis & Clark enjoyed a very friendly relationship with the Mandans, and were warmly welcomed back on their return trip.