Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway

National Scenic BywayNorth Dakota

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  • Canoeing the Sheyenne River in North Dakota

    A lone canoeist prepares to take a photo of the river's edge along the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway.

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  • Crossing the Sheyenne River

    Three travelers walk across the white span of the VCSU Footbridge, a suspension bridge across the Sheyenne River in Valley City.

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  • Paddling the Sheyenne River under the Valley City Viaduct

    A couple enjoy the emerald-green scenery as they paddle along the shining waters of the Sheyenne River under the viaduct in Valley City.

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  • Riparian Restoration Interpretation

    A well-designed sign, one of many along the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway, explains what effect floodwaters had on this environment, and what is being done to restore it.

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  • Canoeing past a Granary along the Sheyenne River

    A pair of canoeists paddle past a North Dakota farm on the Sheyenne River along the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway.

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  • Rosebud

    This red caboose on the grounds of the Rosebud Visitor Center is what the visitor center is named for.

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  • Rosebud Visitor Center

    Travelers leave the Rosebud Visitor Center in Valley City.

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  • Valley City State University History

    The left half of the interpretive sign at the VCSU Footbridge describes the history of the bridge and why it was needed.

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  • Heading Back To Town

    Three people cross the Valley City State University Footbridge over the Sheyenne River, leaving the University grounds for the city.

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  • West City Park Bridge

    The Sheyenne River flows between green banks on its way toward th West City Park Bridge in Valley City.

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  • Mill Dam Bridge

    The simple span of the Mill Dam Bridge, which once ran to a millwork dam on the Sheyenne River in Valley City, can be seen to the east of the Valley City State University Footbridge.

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  • Lake Ashtabula

    Glimpse Lake Ashtabula from the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway.

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  • Rolling Hills near Lake Ashtabula

    The Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway heads east through gentle hills and farmland near Lake Ashtabula.

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  • East View of the End of the Byway

    The gravel surface of State Route 17 meets State Route 21 at the end of the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway.

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  • The Northern End of the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway

    The America's Byway sign marks Northern Gateway, the end of the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway, at the junction of SR 17 and SR 21.

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  • On the City Park Footbridge in Valley City

    A traveler points out some city sights from the vantage point of the City Park Footbridge in Valley City.

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  • Underneath the VCSU Footbridge

    Look up from underneath the VCSU footbridge to see its construction.

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  • Entering the University Grounds

    Three travelers cross beneath one of the supports of the VCSU Footbridge, a suspension bridge that links the residences of Valley City with the University, over the Sheyenne River.

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  • Standing Rock State Historic Site

    Known as Inyun Bosndata by the Sioux Indians who consider it sacred, the four-foot tall rock is an inverted cone shape that stands on a complex of prehistoric burial mounds dating from the Woodland Period.

  • Reading About the West City Park Bridge

    A traveler reads about the West City Park Bridge in Valley City.

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  • Byway Bridge Tour Interpretive Panel

    The Valley City Historic Bridges Tour also highlights some manmade developments that contribute to the quality of the corridor's visual environment. A few highlights of the tour are this beautiful white suspension bridge, one of a kind in North Dakota. Also the Highline Bridge, one of the longest and highest single-track railroad bridges in the nation, a unique quality for a plains state. These and six other bridges make up the Historic Bridges Tour.

  • Sponsors of the Riparian Restoration Site

    A wooden sign gives credit to the many sponsors who have made the restoration of this part of the Sheyenne River Valley possible.

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  • Bridge at Faust Park

    This simple bridge may not be on the Valley City Historical Bridges Tour, but it has its utility at Faust Park.

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  • A Quiet Morning in Kathryn

    The white storefronts in Kathryn have been preserved close to their historic 1900s state.

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  • Ready for a Picnic

    A sturdy picnic table and grill wait for picnickers at Faust Park on Route 19 north of Valley City.

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  • Highline Bridge from Route 19

    The Sheyenne River curves its way through its river valley beneath the iron towers of the Highline Bridge in Valley City.

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  • On Rainbow Bridge in Valley City

    Built in 2004, this arched concrete bridge was built at the location of Valley's City's first bridge.

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  • Sheyenne River Valley Fall Festival

    Held on the last weekend of September in Fort Ransom, during the peak of the fall color season, this two-day cultural event brings several hundred Arts and Crafts vendors and around 8,000 annual visitors.

  • Slattum Cabin Historic Site

    Hand-hewn 1879 pioneer log cabin. Theodore P. Slattum was one of the largest landowners in Ransom County. He immigrated to Minnesota from Norway in 1870, then moved here in 1879 and built a dugout for temporary living quarters until this cabin could be built. Seven children were raised in this cabin with two dying in early childhood.

  • Highline Bridge Over the Valley

    The Highline Bridge, built 1906-1908, is 3,860 feet long and 162 feet above the riverbed. It is one of the highest and longest single-track railroad bridges in the nation - not something you would expect to see on the plains of North Dakota.

  • Admiring the Highline Bridge

    A traveler admires the Highline Bridge from the shoreline of the Sheyenne River.

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  • Rosebud Visitor Center

    A family is eager to start their journey on the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway after learning all about it at the Rosebud Visitor Center in Valley City.

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  • Watching the River

    A traveler watches the Sheyenne River flow beneath the VCSU Footbridge on a fine June afternoon.

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  • Watching the River

    A traveler watches the Sheyenne River flow beneath the VCSU Footbridge. Pretty flowers bloom in a planter in the foreground.

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  • Old Fashioned Mailbox

    A bright red, old-fashioned mailbox is ready for your mail on the outside wall of the Rosebud Visitor Center.

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  • City Park Footbridge

    A late afternoon sun lights up the City Park Footbridge in Valley City, North Dakota.

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  • Highline Bridge from Route 19

    Just north of the bridge's crossing of Route 19 is a fine view of the Highline Bridge across the Sheyenne River.

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  • Looking Directly Across the VCSU Footbridge

    The VCSU footbridge stretches due north from the Valley City State University grounds.

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  • Looking North Toward Riparian Restoration

    A tarp-lined plant area shows young shrubs and trees as samples of what vegetation is being tried in the restoration of the environment in this area of the Sheyenne River Valley.

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  • Visiting King School

    A visitor approaches King School. King School, which closed its doors to students in 1967. King School was the last operating one-room schoolhouse in Barnes County.

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  • Highline Bridge from Chautauqua Park

    The latticework towers of the Highline Bridge span the Sheyenne River Valley in this afternoon view from Chautauqua Park.

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  • Preston Church

    This small white frame church was built by local settlers wishing to practice their religion in their new land.

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  • Driving the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway

    An old car drives past one of the roadsigns near Preston Church, which marks the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway as one of the America's Byways.

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  • VCSU Footbridge From South

    The graceful white spans of the VCSU footbridge cross the Sheyenne River to the north.

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  • Old Mill Dam

    Old Mill Dam can be seen from the Mill Dam Bridge in Valley City.

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  • Old Mill Dam

    Old Mill Dam can be seen from the Mill Dam Bridge in Valley City.

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  • Country Junction at Historic King School

    A small gift shop is now housed in the historic King School, a one-room schoolhouse on the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway. King School, which closed its doors to students in 1967, was the last operating one-room schoolhouse in Barnes County.

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  • Boater on Lake Ashtabula

    The curve of a boat's wake on Lake Ashtabula mirrors the curve of the Mel Reiman Recreational Area's swimming area east of Baldhill Dam.

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  • City Park Footbridge

    The City Park Footbridge is a steel structure spanning the Sheyenne River in City Park on Main Street across from the Rosebud Visitor Center.

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  • Looking Over the Side of the VSCU Footbridge

    On the VCSU Footbridge in Valley City, a traveler looks down on the Sheyenne River flowing below.

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  • Medicine Wheel at Valley City

    The medicine wheel at Valley City was created by staff and students at Valley City State University as part of their studies into ancient civilizations and their calendars.

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  • Medicine Wheel at Valley City

    The rounded spurs on the sides of the Medicine Wheel and the line of rocks proceeding out from them align with where the sun rises and sets on the horizon at the longest and shortest days of the year.

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  • Examining the Riparian Restoration Riverbank

    A traveler walks along the Sheyenne River's bank, and examines more closely the state of the riparian restoration project.

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  • Byway Features Sign at Rosebud Visitor Center

    Two travelers read about the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway at the Rosebud Visitor Center in Valley City.

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  • VCSU Footbridge

    The graceful white spans of the VCSU footbridge cross the Sheyenne River to the south.

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  • Jupiter Rock at Medicine Wheel

    This rock, marked "Jupiter", is part of a model of the solar system at the Medicine Wheel in Valley City. Rocks for the other planets are spaced away from the red center of the Medicine Wheel (representing the Sun) in scale with their true distances in the Solar System.

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  • Beach at Mel Rieman Recreational Area

    Families enjoy the Mel Rieman Recreational Area beach at the southern end of Lake Ashtabula.

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  • Walker Dam

    The murky brown waters of the Sheyenne River flow over the remains of Walker Dam.

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  • Newly Planted Sample Restoration Area

    Black tarp protects small shoots of shrubs and trees laid out at the Riparian Restoration Area on the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway.

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  • West City Park Bridge

    The Sheyenne River flows between green banks on its way toward th West City Park Bridge in Valley City.

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  • VCSU Footbridge and Lights

    The graceful white spans of the VCSU footbridge cross the Sheyenne River to the south.

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  • Visitors at the Medicine Wheel

    Two visitors read about the Valley City Medicine Wheel.

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  • Lake Ashtabula from Baldhill Dam

    Lake Ashtabula stretches to the north from the rocky shore to the east of Baldhill Dam.

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  • Getting Closer to Walker Dam

    Three travelers walk the short trail to get a closer look at the remains of Walker Dam.

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  • Cabin at Wadeson Park

    An interpretive sign of rounded river rocks tells a little history of this small oak log cabin.

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  • Church and Steeple in Kathryn

    St. Paul's Lutheran Church (1914) raises a pretty white steeple to the sky in Kathryn.

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  • Reading about the Kathryn Area

    A visitor reads an interpretative sign about the "Sentinels of the Prairie" (silos, grain elevators and other farm buildings and equipment) around the Kathryn area.

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  • Sample Plant Plots at Riparian Restoration Area

    Neat plots identify and display growing examples of the plants being used to restore the environment at the Riparian Restoration Area on the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway.

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  • Entering the Cabin at Wadeson Park

    A visitor approaches the historic cabin on Wadeson Park Historic Site.

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  • Waldheim Church

    The simple lines of this Lutheran church present a pleasing example of prairie architecture.

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  • Waldheim Church and Entrance Arch

    The white steeple of the Waldheim Church rises to the sky. A black iron arch above the sidewalk to the front doors says "Waldheim Luth. Church."

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  • Waldheim Church

    This simple white wooden structure stands out on the Sheyenne River Valley. The Waldheim Church was completed in 1900 on land donated by a local landowner.

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  • Pavilions at Little Yellowstone Park

    Plenty of trees provide shade and grass a pleasant picnicking surface to complement the roofed pavilions at Little Yellowstone Park.

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  • Bridge at Little Yellowstone Park

    A visitor crosses a footbridge at Little Yellowstone Park.

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  • Crossing a Footbridge at Little Yellowstone Park

    A visitor crosses a footbridge at Little Yellowstone Park.

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  • Reading about the Standing Rock

    Three people read about the Standing Rock on the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway

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  • Standing Rock on the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway

    A short gray rock stands like a sentinel on the North Dakota prairie near the Sheyenne River Valley.

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  • Prairie and Farmland of the Sheyenne River Valley

    Clouds form endless patterns in the sky above the North Dakota fields near the Standing Rock of the Sheyenne River Valley.

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  • Endless Fields

    The prairie and farmland stretch to the horizon near Standing Rock by the Sheyenne River Valley.

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  • Looking East from Standing Rock

    Gentle waves of grass match the gentle waves of earth in this view east from Standing Rock near the Sheyenne River Valley.

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  • Standing Rock on the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway

    A weathered gray rock stands like a pillar, placed by an ancient civilization for purposes unknown to us today.

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  • Slattum Cabin Through Trees

    Viewed through trees, the log cabin built by Theodore Slattum in 1879 stands to show the humble beginnings of this Norwegian immigrant who eventually became one of the most prosperous farmers in Ransom County.

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  • The Slattum Cabin

    Dovetail joints highlight the fine workmanship that helped this century-old cabin remain standing to the present day.

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  • Reading about the Slattum Cabin

    Visitors to the Slattum Cabin read about its history, and how pioneers on the prairie leavened their hard life with a little fun.

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  • Looking Toward Writing Rock

    The hills west of Fort Ransom State Historic Site are not only a fine view, but hold an ancient mystery -- a rock covered with strange petroglyphs whose purpose and meaning are lost to us today.

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  • Rolled Hay in Field on County Road 13

    Bales of hay like giant rolls sit drying in a hayfield on the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway somewhere north of the Preston Church site.

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  • Viking Warrior atop Pyramid Hill

    A statue of a Viking warrior stands on top of Pyramid Hill as a monument to the predominently Scandinavian ancestry of those who settled this region at the turn of the 20th Century.

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  • Pyramid Hill

    The distinctive shape of Pyramid Hill lends credence to the legends about its hiding the remains of an ancient civilization.

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  • Reading about Pyramid Hill

    Two travelers find the legends of Pyramid Hill fascinating.

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  • Standing Rock Norwegian Evangelical Church

    This white church with its distinctive gray steeple was built in the 1890s after the death of a local resident revealed the need for a local church and congregation to conduct funeral services. The church is one of the few in the area with an old, working pipe organ.

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  • Standing Rock Norwegian Evangelical Church

    This white church with its distinctive gray steeple was built in the 1890s after the death of a local resident revealed the need for a local church and congregation to conduct funeral services. The church is one of the few in the area with an old, working, pipe organ.

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  • Schoolhouse in Fort Ransom

    This historic schoolhouse in Fort Ransom (just north of the T.J. Walker Historic District) is just across the street from the Standing Rock Norwegian Evangelical Church.

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  • Kvalnes School

    The bell hanging over the entrance to this small white one-room schoolhouse would have summoned the students to class.

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  • The Walker Home

    According to the sign before this home in the T.J. Walker Historic District, the Walker home "contains many decorative elements not usually seen in more common farm homes -- a sure sign of Mr. Walker's success in business."

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  • Strolling Main Street Kathryn

    Travelers stroll down historic Main Street Kathryn, with its framework shopfronts of white siding.

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  • Reading about Rural Architecture

    A traveler looks at one of the nearby barns after reading about rural architecture in the area.

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  • Historic Barns at the Daily Historic Site

    A white barn is one of many to be found in the Sheyenne River Valley. Agriculture remains one of the primary livelihoods in the area.

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  • Reading about King School

    A traveler reads an interpretive sign about King School along the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway.

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  • Vista View of Byway Cropland

    Vast fields of bright sunflowers, small grains, hay, and pastureland form intricate patterns on the land. Agriculture is the number-one form of land use along the byway.

  • Canoers at the Highline Bridge

    Canoers float across the peaceful waters of the Sheyenne River as they pass under the famous Highline Bridge.

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  • Sunne Barn

    Located on Sunne Farm at Fort Ransom State Park, the red barn is a focal point for the annual Sodbuster Days celebration.

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  • Slattum Cabin Historic Site

    The historic Slattum Cabin stands as memorial to Theodore P. Slattum, one of the largest landowners in Ransom County, North Dakota in the 1870s.

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  • Leading a Chant at the Medicine Wheel

    A large group of students and citizens gather around the Medicine Wheel in Valley City, North Dakota to join in a chant with "the wizard."

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  • Presenting Designation Plaque to Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway

    North Dakota's Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway receives their designation plaque at the Designation 2002 event at Union Station in Washington DC.

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