NATIONAL NORTH DAKOTA DAY
On April 19, The Peace Garden State is recognized on National North Dakota Day.
Long before Lewis and Clark traveled up the Missouri River, the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara arrived in North Dakota. During the Corps of Discovery, the team camped at Fort Mandan along the Missouri River for the winter. Here, their translators, Sacagawea and Charbonneau, joined the expedition. Sacagawea would also give birth to her son, Jean Baptiste.
As the settlement expanded, disputes over land increased. Fort Abraham Lincoln preserves the home of Gen. George and Libby Custer, the military commissary, blockhouses, and the Mandan Indian Village along the Missouri River.
Theodore Roosevelt arrived in North Dakota in 1883 and fell in love with badlands and outdoor life. He would later be elected the 26th U.S. President and served from 1901 to 1909. His love of the badlands led to his conservation and preservation efforts. The North Dakota Badlands are named Theodore Roosevelt National Park in his name.
I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota. ~Theodore Roosevelt
In the heart of the badlands, Medora came to life and today recreates the western life with entertainment in an outdoor amphitheater. Visit the Cowboy Hall of Fame and so much more in Medora.
When statehood crested the horizon, South Dakota was also in line for admission. President Benjamin Harrison signed the bills at random, and nothing was recorded indicating which bill was endorsed first. However, due to alphabetical order, North Dakota is listed as the 39th state to be admitted to the union.
Beyond historical sites, North Dakota boasts a healthy amount of scenic byways. Kayak down the Pembina Gorge or visit the International Peace Gardens. While you’re there, take a hike into the Turtle Mountains.
Camp at Devil’s Lake or tour any one of the many wineries and vineyards.Visit Sheyenne State Forest and seek out the only waterfall in the state.
Garrison Dam is the fifth largest earthen dam in the world and Lake Sakakawea‘s year-round fishing and recreation is an angler’s dream. At night, the skies reveal stars never seen before, and the Northern Lights dance with delight.
North Dakota is also where we #CelebrateEveryDay! As the home of National Day Calendar in Mandan, North Dakota, it’s our favorite place to be!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Join National Day Calendar as we seek the legendary in North Dakota. Explore the prairies and the badlands. Discover the fantastic people, exciting places, and untold history. Share where you explore and use #NationalNorthDakotaDay to post on social media.
Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on June 27, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.
Jean Baptiste Charbonneau - Explorer - (February 11, 1805 - May 16, 1866)
John Baptiste Charbonneau became the youngest member of the Corps of Discovery upon his birth at Ft. Mandan. The son of Touissant Charbonneau and Sacagawea, Jean Baptiste would remain with William Clark after the expedition’s completion. Following his education, his life would shift from one adventure to another until his death at the age of 61.
Madeline Gleason - Poet - (January 26, 1903 - April 22, 1979)
Lawrence Welk - Musician - (March 11, 1903 - May 17, 1992)
Louis L'amour - Author - (March 22, 1908 - June 10, 1988)
Andrew Freeman - Engineer - (March 10, 1909 - January 17, 1996)
Harold Schafer - Businessman - (February 1, 1912 - December 2, 2001)
Eric Sevareid - Journalist - (November 26, 1912 - July 9, 1992)
Peggy Lee - Singer - (May 26, 1920 - January 21, 2002)
Metha Parisien Bercier - Author - (August 6, 1922 -)
Angie Dickinson - Actress - (September 30, 1931 - )
Phil Hansen - Football Player - (May 20, 1968 -)
Josh Duhamel - Actor - ( November 14, 1972 -)
Travis Hafner - Baseball Player - (June 3, 1977 -)
Carson Wentz - Football Player - (December 30, 1992 -)
Cara Mund - Miss America - (December 8, 1993 -)