Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

A Late Woodlands occupation (1000 BCE to 1000 CE) left mounds on the bluff overlooking the Missouri and Heart Rivers. Anvil stones about the bluff reach back thousands of years. The Mandan settled the site from about 1550 to 1781.

Various intertribal conflicts took place between the Mandan, Arikara, Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta and Iháŋktȟuŋwaŋna (Yanktonai) on location or nearby to determine territorial boundaries.

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In addition, the Battle of Apple Creek – an Indian Wars battle – took place on site and across the river from present-day Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park; a three-day long skirmish was fought on the Fort Abraham Lincoln military reservation between the US Indian Scouts and the Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta visible from the blockhouses atop the bluff; a “wood-cutter” fight between the 17th Infantry and the Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta is on location.

Following the last great Indian Wars fight, the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Fort Abraham Lincoln was used as an internment camp the Nez Perce – before they were sent to Indian Territory – and some of the Northern Cheyenne.

The Corps of Discovery spent one night within present-day Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, just north of the On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village. Lt. Col. George Custer led the 7th Cavalry to the Little Bighorn from this site.