Fort Abercrombie

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Fort Abercrombie, built in 1858, was the first military settlement in North Dakota. In 1862, it was besieged by Sioux Indians for over six weeks; four soldiers were killed and two were wounded.

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County Highway 22
Wahpeton, ND 58075
United States

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46.44478263845677, -96.71861533822266
Richland County, North Dakota
Nearest Towns:
Abercrombie, ND (0.6 mi.)
Kent, MN (1.7 mi.)
Colfax, ND (7.6 mi.)
Wolverton, MN (8.2 mi.)
Christine, ND (9.7 mi.)
Dwight, ND (9.8 mi.)
Walcott, ND (12.6 mi.)
Wahpeton, ND (13.5 mi.)
Breckenridge, MN (14.0 mi.)
Mooreton, ND (14.3 mi.)

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  1. About 10 years ago my daughter and I visited fort Abercrombie. We went into one of the tower houses, it was dim inside but still in the middle of the day. We walked in and the door which I believe had a spring on it closed behind us. As we were going upstairs we heard an unearthly scream, not human, not animal. I have never heard anything like that scream and have never since. We looked at each other headed for the door and ran to our car about a block away. We never really spoke of it as we didn’t want people to think we were crazy. It was so scary and I haven’t been back since.

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