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Fort Ransom

Fort Ranson is a tiny town with under 100 residents but an interesting history. There are lots of historical sites in and around the town. Definitely worth a stop.

Fort Ransom State Park

Several of the state historic sites in North Dakota are nothing more than that, a location with a sign and maybe a few gravestones. This, however is a state PARK. There is a lot more to do here. Start your tour at the Visitors Center which is located in the Bjone House the historic home of Nels Olson. The home was built in 1879. In addition the Sunne Homestead is located in the park, along with quite a few buildings depicting various aspects of life on the prairie in the late 1800s. Sometimes there are park personnel dressed in period costume to add to the atmosphere and to further educate visitors. Additional attractions include: Camping; picnicking; viewing wildlife; canoeing/kayaking; fishing; hiking; and horseback riding. If possible, try to visit during the second full weekend in July or the weekend after Labor Day for the special "Sodbuster Days".

Fort Ransom State Historic Site

Fort Ransom was built on 18 June 1867 to protect railroad workers building the railroad line between Fargo and Bismarck and to protect area settlers. The fort was one of a series of forts into the newly opening west, and had substantial log buildings that housed 200 enlisted men and 7 officers. The fort was named after General Thomas E. G. Ransom of the 11th Illinois Volunteers. Locals called this area Grizzly Bear Hill. Eight years later the post was dismantled and moved to Fort Seward at Jamestown to protect a higher priority site for the railroad. Today you can tour the site where Fort Ransom served for those 8 years, just outside the town.

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  • In a nutshell:Neat Small Town With Lots of History
  • Last visit to Fort Ransom: Sep 2010
  • Intro Updated Mar 21, 2012
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