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Spooky times in North Dakota

Fort Abraham Lincoln has a reputation as one of the most haunted places of North Dakota.  Rumor has it that when Custer House (where General George Armstrong Custer and his wife Libby lived) was reconstructed in 1989 the men and women who long ago lived and died at Fort Lincoln were themselves resurrected. Interpreters and tourists both reported paranormal experiences from the beginning, and as more buildings were added, so too were hauntings to the chronicles of the strange and unexplained at Fort Lincoln. A woman wearing a black dress is seen looking out a second-floor window of the Custer House; footsteps are heard pacing the sergeant’s quarters in the Barracks; the voices of weeping women echo along the boardwalk; a shadowy figure stalks the Commissary at night; horses’ hooves stomp the dirt of their stalls in the Stables.

Paranormal activity has continued for years; occasionally a new phenomena is documented, like floating orbs in photographs. In 2002, Haunted Fort was created at Fort Abraham Lincoln – giving visitors the opportunity to have a spooky, hair-raising good time at a fascinating (and haunted?) historic site.

Haunted Fort will be open October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29.  Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is a great visit at all times of year.

More Scary Situations and Fall Travel Ideas

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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in Attractions, Entertainment, Events


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Hauntings, Howlings and more Boo News

Get your heart racing this Halloween season – with a “spooktacular” trip to North Dakota!  It’s even a full-moon – so double the thrill at the Haunted Fort – where legend says the spirit of Libbie Custer (Lt. Col. George Custer’s widow) torments the rebuilt “Custer House” at Fort Abraham Lincoln, south of Mandan.  Open weekends thru October 30.  Watch the trailer:

The Legends of Terror will be haunting the Grand Forks County Historical Society buildings and grounds, October 29 and 30.  A “half-pint” haunt will be open for trick-or-treating at the Myra Museum on the 31st.

A special HOWL-oween event will take place October 23 and 24 at the Red River Zoo in Fargo.  Treats, costume contest, crafts … and do not miss the cockroach races and creepy critters.

More on corn mazes, parades, trick-or-treating events and REAL haunting experiences can be found at  And stay tuned for episode information on a North Dakota location to be featured in an upcoming episode of Ghost Labs on the Discovery Channel.

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Posted by on October 22, 2010 in Attractions, Events


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It’s a sweet time of year!

Everywhere you turn this time of year, stores, offices and schools are filled with sweet reminders that Halloween is just around the corner.  This has also been sugar-beet harvest time in North Dakota (and nearby states).

We had a little fun today at North Dakota Tourism – bringing a recently harvested sugar beet into the office for a photo shoot and some free samples!  (comparisons were made this morning to rutabaga, potato, and traditional beets – but definitely with a sweet flavor.)  Our beet has been nicknamed “Beatrice” and here you can get an idea of a sugar beet size, color and texture.

More than 500-million tons of beets are harvested in North Dakota each year, contributing to over $1 billion in economic activity.  60% of the U.S.’s sugar production comes from beets, with the rest provided by cane.  As you would expect, it’s used largely in candy bars, cookies, breads, snack crackers, yogurt, cereals, soft drinks and much more.

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Posted by on October 8, 2010 in Family Fun, ND in the News


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