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Popular Bismarck Walking Tour this Saturday

Posted on 7/15/2014

BISMARCK, N.D. - The popular "Capital in Farm Country" historic walking tour of downtown Bismarck will take place again this Saturday at 1 p.m. The free tour by the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation is offered three times per summer, with the final tour on Sept. 27. Registration for participants is now open.

"Capital in Farm Country" shows familiar places in downtown Bismarck where people shaped the destiny of North Dakota. Each tour starts at Camp Hancock on Main Street and ends at the historic Peacock Alley, where participants can relax and chat with one another in one of Bismarck's most popular historic landmarks. The tour involves about one mile of walking.

First offered last summer as a one-time event, the tour immediately got three times more participants than the Foundation could accommodate. "North Dakotans are excited right now to discover more of their unique history," said tour organizer Robert Hanna. "No one alive today can remember a time when North Dakota appeared in the national media on a daily basis-it's making us realize how important our unique stories really are."

The tour is part of the Foundation's increasing interpretation of North Dakota's agricultural history. Other ag history projects include the North Dakota Centennial Farms program and the Our First Farmers gallery and gardens at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn.

Tour sponsors include the Bismarck Historical Society, Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, the State Historical Society of North Dakota and Peacock Alley.

Participation is free, but an RSVP is required at or at 701-462-8535. Space is limited for the July 19 tour, but additional spots are available for the Sept. 27 tour.

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