Skyscraper on the Prairie
Trip Start May 06, 2010
137Trip End Oct 14, 2010
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Where I stayed
Queen City Motel, Dickinson, ND
Originally, all three branches of the state government fit in the building. By the late '70's, even though the population of the state had dropped, they needed more space. They built a new wing that was finished in 1981 to house the State Supreme Court.
They also added the North Dakota Heritage Center, which was also finished in 1981, to house the Heritage Center Museum and offices for the North Dakota State Historical Society who operate the museum. I visited the museum after touring the capitol. I got interested in the displays and didn't notice that closing time was creeping up on me. When they announced that the museum was closing in 10 minutes I could only quickly walk through the remaining displays. While the museum seemed quite extensive, I understand they're in the process of expanding it to nearly double its current size.
I then drove to Dickinson, ND and tried to find a room. Driving around North Dakota is strange. There are hardly any trees here. It's just grasslands and fields stretching to the horizon. And it's not my imagination. North Dakota has less than 1% covered in forests, the lowest percentage of any state although Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois and South Dakota are pretty similar. The oil business is booming around here and early all of the hotel rooms are filled with oil field workers, so it wasn't easy. I'll be visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park tomorrow.