North Dakota Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

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The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn, North Dakota

The North Dakota Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, operated by the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, interprets the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, with a special focus on the winter they spent at Fort Mandan.[1] It opened in 1997 and overlooks the Missouri River outside of Washburn, North Dakota (38 miles north of Bismarck, North Dakota's capital).

The center also interprets other aspects of North Dakota history, including the farming-based cultures of the Mandan and Hidatsa nations, the fur trade at Fort Clark Trading Post State Historic Site, Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied's expedition through the area in the 1830s, and later agriculture in the state.[2]

The Center also includes a museum store, temporary exhibits, an events facility, and a research library. It is attached to a highway rest stop serving Highways 83 and 200A.[3][4][5] There are images on display by Karl Bodmer, a Swiss artist who traveled to North Dakota in 1833 with Prince Alexander Maximilian of Wied, Germany.

Just over two miles from the Interpretive Center, Fort Mandan has been reconstructed. It was the Corps of Discovery's wintering post from 1804-1805. The Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation offers tours of the fort year-round as well as daily interpretive programs.

Headwaters Visitor Center near the reconstruction of Fort Mandan

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Coordinates: 47°18′04″N 101°02′30″W / 47.30111°N 101.04167°W / 47.30111; -101.04167