Mandan, North Dakota
Mandan is the county seat of Morton County, North Dakota located just across the Missouri River from Bismarck, North Dakota. It is a community of about 20,000 residents.
Mandan was founded in 1879.
George Custer House Boardwalk Information:
The George Custer House is located at Fort Abraham Lincoln near Bismarck, North Dakota. It is open to the public and guided tours are available. Tours take place from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Fort Abraham Lincoln was known as Fort McKeen prior to 1872. It became the largest and most important fort in the Dakota territory in the mid-1870’s with its purpose to guarantee the westward expansion of the American frontier and the development of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer commanded six companies of the 7th Cavalry at Fort Abraham Lincoln in the 1870’s.
On May 17th, 1876, 260 of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s men were killed nearby at Little Big Horn trying to force non-treatied native back to their respective reservations.
In 1891, Fort Abraham Lincoln’s important diminished and it was officially abandoned.
Custer House Boardwalk Ghosts and the Paranormal:
On the south side of the Custer Mansion, folks claim to hear unexplainable disembodied moaning and wailing sounds. People report feeling someone or something touch them when no one else is there. Lights turn on and off on their own inside the Custer House, according to some reports.
Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation (2008). Fort Abraham Lincoln Tour Information. Retrieved April 9, 2011 from http://www.fortlincoln.com/tour_information.aspx
The Shadowlord (1998). Haunted Places Index. Retrieved February 8, 2011 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/north_dakota.htm
Wikipedia (2011). Mandan, North Dakota. Retrieved April 9, 2011 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandan,_North_Dakota