DescriptionMandan was settled in 1873, when the first railroad survey for the Northern Pacific line was made on the west bank of the Missouri River across from the site of present-day Bismarck. Originally called Lincoln, the town was soon renamed for a derivative of the Mandan Indian word mantani, or “people on the bank,” which described their villages along the river.
By 1882 the western leg of the Northern Pacific was finished with the completion of a railroad bridge across the river, and Mandan became a center of shipping and trade for the surrounding farms and ranches. Skiing, snowmobiling and snowboarding are all popular recreational pursuits, thanks to the area's vigorously snowy winters.
At 601 Sixth Ave. S.E. stands a 25-foot-high sculpture of a Native American carved from a cottonwood tree; the figure is a composite of North Dakota tribes.
Things to SeeFort Abraham Lincoln State Park