Mandan Village Historic Site
According to Mandan legend their people came from under the earth east of the Missouri River. They became a cohesive and powerful tribe very adept at farming and trading. With the arrival of Europeans the insidious small pox virus also came and devastated the Mandan villages at two separate times, reducing their numbers to just over 100. This small group that managed to survive remained here, now called On-A-Slant Village, was observed by Lewis and Clark who were traveling through in 1804. Five earthlodges were reconstructed by the park service to resemble the 75 that once housed 1,000 Mandan people. There is also archaeological evidence of the Mandan settlement that once thrived here. In summer the village is open from 9 to 5 and in winter from 8 to 4:30. There are no entry or parking fees.