Fort Abraham Lincoln
Photographs courtesy of North Dakota Tourism
Photographers: Jason Lindsey & Rebecca Pederson
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is perhaps best known as the former headquarters of the Seventh US Cavalry Regiment and the departure point for the journey of Lt. Col. George Custer to his death at the Little Bighorn in Montana.
The site had previously been the home to a settlement of the Heart River Mandan tribe, who left after an epidemic of smallpox. A century later, in the 1870s, an infantry post was established in the same place which was later named Fort Abraham Lincoln. A year after its foundation it was designated as the base of the Seventh Cavalry, who moved to the area as part of the Black Hills War campaign.
The fort was finally abandoned in 1891. It was deeded to the nation by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907 and work started on the park in the 1930s, opening in 1934.
Extensions and improvements were carried out to the State Park in the 1980s and 1990s and the current park consists of the fort and a recreation of the Mandan village On-A-Slant.
The Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is located 6 miles south of Mandan on the banks of the Missouri River.
It is easily reached from the east and west off I-94 by taking 6th Avenue (Highway 1806) southwards.
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park offers tours of the various sections of the park during the summer months. Tours of the reconstructed Custer House and of the On-A-Slant Indian village are available.
The park also has a campground and two cabins for rent.
Abraham Lincoln State Park
4480 Ft. Lincoln Road
Mandan, ND 58554