Earth Lodge At Knife River NHS
May 25, 2022
The Mandan and Hidatsa peoples, among whom the Expedition spent the winter of 1804-1805, lived in permanent villages of well-constructed earth lodge dwellings ... like the one at Knife River National Historic Site (NHS) along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
The Mandan and Hidatsa peoples hunted bison and other game, but were in essence farmers living in villages along the Missouri and its tributaries. The site was a major Native American trade center for hundreds of years prior to becoming an important market place for fur traders after 1750.
The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is approximately 4,900 miles long, extending from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the mouth of the Columbia River, near present day Astoria, Oregon. It follows the historic outbound and inbound routes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1803 and 1806), as well as, the preparatory section from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Wood River, Illinois. The Trail connects 16 states (Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon) and many tribal lands. It is administered by the National Park Service.
Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. National Park Service photo.