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About Us is the official website for the Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation.

The Foundation mission, since 1982, is to promote and manage the reconstruction, development and interpretation of the historical sites of old Fort Abraham Lincoln and the On-a-Slant Indian Village within Fort Lincoln State Park, near Mandan, North Dakota, across the Missouri River from Bismarck, the state capital.

To tell the stories of Custer, the 7th Cavalry and the Mandan Indians, the foundation has established the Northern Plains' finest living history interpretive program.



As the Northern Pacific Railroad advanced west across Dakota Territory, the US military kept pace. When the railroad reached the Missouri River in 1872, the city that would become known as Bismarck sprang up and Fort McKeen was established on the west bank of the river as a small infantry post. By November of that year, Fort McKeen had been renamed in honor of the fallen President, Abraham Lincoln.

Fort Abraham Lincoln was expanded to house six companies of the 7th Cavalry under the command of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer in 1873. Their mission was to further the advancement of the Northern Pacific Railroad and open the westward expansion of the American frontier.



By 1874, Fort Abraham Lincoln was the largest and most important fort in Dakota Territory and was considered the “premier“ frontier fort on the Northern Plains with 650 Infantry and Cavalry soldiers keeping the post maintained and operational.

May 17, 1876, the troops left Fort Lincoln on the Centennial Campaign, which took the 7th Cavalry into the valley of the Little Big Horn. They were attempting to force non-treaty Indians back to their respective reservations. Outnumbered, outgunned, and out-maneuvered, 260 cavalry troopers would not return to Fort Abraham Lincoln, including every member of the five companies with Custer.


Benefits Of Membership

  • Annual Pass to Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park which includes park entrance; interpretive passes for the Custer House, On-a-Slant Village, Visitor Center & Museum; Fort Lincoln Melodrama; and all annual events sponsored by the Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation.
  • The Past Times (quarterly historical journal published by Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation).
  • 10% discount on purchases at the Commissary Store and Five Nations Arts Gift Shop.
  • Members also get a discount on weekday Post rentals.

Contact Us

Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation

401 West Main St.

Mandan, ND 58554


Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park

4480 Fort Lincoln Rd.

Mandan, ND 58554


Lewis and Clark Riverboat

Port of Bismarck

Bismarck, ND


Lewis and Clark Riverboat

Mailing Address

401 West Main St.

Mandan, ND 58554