Description - North Dakota was first explored in about 1739 by French Canadians. In 1803 the U.S. acquired most of North Dakota from the French as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Lewis and Clark explored in 1804. In 1818 the U.S. acquired the rest of what is now Nort Dakot from the British by treaty. Railroads opened up much of Nort Dakota in the 1870's.
- North Dakota historic sites include Theodore Roosevelt birthplace and several state parks that present the state's history.
Recreation - Historical sites provide educational programs and opportunities to view historic buildings and locations. Some sites also have interpretive tours and hiking trails.
Climate - North Dakota lies in the northwestern continental interior of the US. Characteristically, summers are hot, winters very cold, and rainfall sparse to moderate, with periods of drought. The average annual temperature is 40°F, ranging from 7°F in January to 69°F in July.
The location of North Dakota historic sites is described and driving instructions and maps are presented on each of the individual pages describing the sites.