Facts in Five

Fort Mandan edition


  • Fort was built approximately 12 miles from present day Washburn, North Dakota
  • The Corps of discovery struggled to find enough cottonwood timber to construct the fort
  • Lewis and Clark utilized the fort for diplomacy- meeting with the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara nations
  • They were introduced to a French trapper, Toussaint Charbonneau, who Lewis described as “a man of no particular merit.”  The captains were interested in his Shoshone wife, Sacagawea
  • The fort provided relief from a brutally cold winter.  Temperatures were regularly recorded at -40 and lower. 
Not you, HER!

Not you, HER!


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  1. As usual, you continue to teach me things I never knew!!

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