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Bridges of North Dakota
Temporary Exhibit
Crossing valleys, rivers, and other obstacles, bridges knit the people and places of a place together. Bridges tell us about historic travel patterns, engineering advances, and new building materials. Ultimately, bridges are a reflection of their community and the people who built them. Bridges of North Dakota features photographs of bridges from across the state, spanning the time period from 1872 to the present. The suspension footbridge in Valley City, the rainbow arch bridge at Mott, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe trestle over the Gassman Coulee outside of Minot—these are just a few of the iconic bridges featured in the Bridges of North Dakota traveling exhibit.

Bridges over Missouri, Bismarck ND
Bridges over Missouri River, Bismarck ND. SHSND# 0790-08

Encountering Fort Totten
Permanent Exhibit
Immerse yourself in history! Choose between following a soldier, a young female Chippewa student, a teacher, or a teenage male Dakota student as you tour the fort grounds. These four self-guided itineraries will allow you to follow a single individual throughout the fort, experiencing life at Fort Totten as that person might have lived it. All four characters are based on oral histories collected from Spirit Lake tribal members and other 19th and 20th Century accounts. Major new exhibits that opened May 16 in the commissary storehouse building will introduce you to the fort during its time as a military post (1867-90) and boarding school for American Indians (1891-1959). Also included in the new exhibits is a section on the preservation of the fort during the last 50 years by the State Historical Society North Dakota. Fort Totten has long been considered one of the best-preserved frontier military posts west of the Mississippi River.

The following slideshow features a preview of what visitors can experience at the Encountering Fort Totten exhibit.

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417 Calvary Circle
Fort Totten, ND 58335
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Winter Hours (Tuesday of Labor Day Weekend-Memorial Day Weekend):
Weekdays by appointment only

Summer Hours (Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day):
Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Grounds are open year-round, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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phone: 701.766.4441

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phone: 701.328.2666