Well remember that missed turn we didn't take in Yellowstone Park, well that worked out. By going back up into Montana we ended up driving further north and decided to straight across to Michigan. Along the way we got to visit one of the most important sites on the Lewis & Clark Trail. Fort Mandan in Washburn, North Dakota. Fort Mandan is where Lewis & Clark spent the winter of 1804-05 and where they also met Sacagawea and her husband Toussaint Charbonneau who translated for the Corp on their journey. Before you get to the fort there is an excellent interpretive center in Washburn, North Dakota, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. What is kind of cool is they have three very large statues of Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea out front.
Leaving the fort we continued driving east along Interstate 94. Along the highway we noticed a giant buffalo off to the right. Another cool road side attraction. This is the Frontier Village and the Worlds Largest Buffalo in Jamestown, ND. We got there at closing but were able to walk around, the village is kind of cool. They have gathered all manner of antique buildings are artifacts that showcase the pioneers and how they lived. And the giant buffalo which has been watching over Jamestown since 1959 is the coolest. This is also the home of the National Buffalo Museum which includes actual live buffalo.
|Entrance to Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn, North Dakota.|
|Louise standing infront of Sacagawea, Lewis and Clark metal sculptures.|
|Louise outrunning some buffalo.|
|Bruce by the giant sculptures.|
|Exhibit in the museum showing how the Lewis & Clark corp carved out a canoe by hand.|
|Standing outside the entrance of Fort Mandan, in Washburn, North Dakota|
|Our guide taking us through Fort Mandan.|
|Interior cabin at Fort Mandan. Notice the blankets.|
|Entrance to Frontier Village and the National Buffalo Museum.|
|Louise breaking out of jail.|
|Louise standing in one of a couple of cabooses in the Village.|
|Outside the National Buffalo Museum.|
|The worlds largest buffalo statue. I love these things|