Journal of A New Nation's Journey West
 
August 10 - 27, 2005

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Today's route was from Pierre, SD to Bismarck, ND -- two capitals. We followed the river as closely as possible crossing to the west side of it at Mobridge, SD and then on up to Bismarck. First stop was Sitting Bull's grave on a bluff high above the river across from Mobridge.. The story is that he was originally buried further north at Fort Yates, ND, stolen and re-buried here so he would have an eternal view of his beloved river. ok

Then it was on to Fort Abraham Lincoln near Mandan, ND. Here a great costumed interpreter took us back to 1876 for an hour. We went into General Custer's house where she showed us many original items. She even encouraged Marilyn to try out the piano. marilyn's photo by connie McClain.

 

The day ended in Bismarck, with a delightful ride on the Missouri in this little tour boat, where we discovered "Little Pomp." We wanted to take him with us just as Lewis and Clark did 200 years ago, but his parents objected. As one of our ladies said: "He instantly had 35 grandparents." Of course I gave him a string of beads.


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