Moving to the Great Plains – Getting Ready

The North Dakota Badlands, a hidden national treasure, is in the southwestern part of North Dakota. The region is celebrated for its craggy landscape and rocky formations not unlike those pictured in science fiction. These rock formations are winding canyons with sloping walls banded with various colors. The badlands are home to history and attractions. One example is Theodore Roosevelt National Park encompassing three unconnected parts of the North Dakota badlands in the western part of the state. The park honored US President Theodore Roosevelt. The park is divided into three sections of 100 square miles. The South unit is the largest area in Medora, North Dakota next to Interstate 94. The North Unit, the smallest part, is north on US Highway 85 near Waterford City. The Elkhorn Ranch of Theodore Roosevelt is between the other two units close to Fairfield. The Maah Daah Hey Trail joins the three units, and the Little Missouri River runs through all three. Roosevelt visited the badlands for North Dakota for bison hunting in 1883. He reveled in his time in the west and purchased two ranches, bestchoicetv.com, including the Elkhorn Ranch. His western experience developed his presidential policies about conservation. The area began as the Roosevelt National Memorial Park in 1947. The park abounds in natural wonders, wildlife, camping and hiking. The main sections include picturesque drives, length hiking and horse routes, places for observing wildlife and remote hiking and camping. The three campgrounds with facilities are Cottonwood in the South, Juniper in the North and Roundup Group Horse Campground. The park is famous for watching wildlife. The units host various flora and fauna of the Great Plains such as elk, bighorn sheep, bison and white-tailed deer and many kinds of birds, for example, sharp-tailed grouse and golden eagle. The badlands influenced Roosevelt, and the park is a tribute to his contribution to conservation. The park is representative of what is available for visitors to see and to experience in the Badlands.

The Bushwhackers and the Sack of Lawrence

The Sack of Lawrence was one of the ugliest among many such incidents that occurred between the Union state of Kansas and the Confederate state of Missouri during the Civil War. The two states shared a border at the fringes of the settled parts of the country, and both sides engaged in questionable guerilla tactics of attacking farms and villages.

The town of Lawrence was known as a stronghold of Jayhawkers, who were pro-Union guerillas who often attacked slave-owning farms in Missouri. William Quantrill, the leader of a band of (more…)

Lewis and Clark and the Mandan Indians

During their journey of discovery across what is now called the Great Plains, Lewis and Clark encountered the Mandan Indians in the area of central North Dakota. Lewis and Clark found safe haven from the harsh winter in Fort Mandan in 1804. Upon arriving in the fall of 1804, the explorers identified two Mandan Villages. The first was called Matootonha and lay along the southern shore of the Missouri River. The second village was named Rooptahee, which was North of (more…)

The Red River Valley and the Flood of 1997

For many years, folk artists from Arlo Guthrie to Connie Francis urged Americans to “remember the Red River Valley, and the one that has loved you so true.” Those sentimental lyrics speak of a region in central North America that includes parts of Minnesota and North Dakota in the United States and part of Manitoba in Canada. The area is drained by the Red River of the North, which forms the border between the two U.S. states and empties into Canada’s Lake Winnipeg. The U.S. land was acquired through (more…)

Little Big Horn: Custer’s Last Stand on the Plains

If you are looking for a perfect family vacation, one of which provides you not only with exceptional sites but also a learning experience, you can always go to a location in the United States that is full of history. One of the pinnacle locations in all of the country when it comes to history is the Little Big Horne. This is the site of General Custer’s Last Stand. Located near the Little Bighorn River, which is situated in Big Horn County, Montana, this is one of the darkest days for American (more…)

The Bakken Shale: North Dakota’s Big Money Maker

While many parts of the country still struggle to overcome the effects of the recent recession, North Dakota’s job market is healthy. People from other states are flocking to North Dakota in hopes of landing high-paying oil field jobs. Although that’s been an elusive goal for some, jobs of any sort seem to be easier to come by than in most areas of the country. Housing, however, is a problem. Because of mass migration of people looking for oil-field work, (more…)

The Beautiful Badlands of South Dakota

When someone says they are going to vacation in the Badlands of South Dakota, it does not bring up a very pretty picture, but often they are surprised to find it is one of the most interesting areas in the state. The badlands are located in the southwestern part of the South Dakota. This national park area has some amazing things to do and see for any vacationer who wants to try something different. It is (more…)

North Dakota’s Badlands: A Hidden National Treasure

The North Dakota Badlands, a hidden national treasure, is in the southwestern part of North Dakota. The region is celebrated for its craggy landscape and rocky formations not unlike those pictured in science fiction. These rock formations are winding canyons with sloping walls banded with various colors.

The badlands are home to history and attractions. One example is Theodore Roosevelt National Park encompassing three unconnected parts of the North Dakota badlands in the western part of the state. The park honored US President Theodore Roosevelt.

The park is divided into three sections of 100 square miles. The (more…)