Dickinson, ND | History and Drives
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History and Drives

You want to take a drive and DO something, right? Maybe you aren’t into the walking and wildlife viewing and such. Like a little history and taking a drive? We have several ideas for you!

Going a short distance around our area is a day trip that can be fun, and you can learn a few things too along the way.
History and drives near Dickinson, ND.
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Custer Trail Auto Tour – Between 1864 and 1876, five military expeditions crossed the badlands and while the roads don’t exactly line up to yesterday’s trails, the auto tour is divided into two segments that provide access to portions of Sully’s Battle of the Badlands 1864 Trail and Custer’s Historic 1876 Trail. The entire tour is approximately 80 miles on gravel and scoria roads.

Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway – Paralleling I-94, the Byway was originally referred to as Old Highway 10. The Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway provides ample opportunity to see the countryside as it was many years ago for those who settled in North Dakota. Follow the 1876 Custer expedition from Ft. Lincoln along the way through Dickinson, along with other historical to check out. History Along the Byway

Stark County Ghost Towns The lives of old towns, the Saturday dances! And, now, many are returned to the start of the bare ground that they began from, while a few have survived and thrived. Once you get to the spot of some long gone, imagine the beginnings and busy work it took to create a community.

Stark County Cemeteries – Those towns? Many of the residents are now resting in many of these cemeteries. The joy, the conflicts, the celebrations, and the heartbreaks are all held within their gravesites, each with a story to tell you.

Dickinson History

History of Dickinson, ND.
From its beginnings in the 1880s, Dickinson, ND has grown in to a regional center for a variety of activities, ranging from medical care and business to arts and entertainment.

Read more at Dickinson History

Area History Resources

Dickinson, ND Area History Resources.

The Coffee Cruise

The Coffee Cruise is along the Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway between Mandan and Medora, ND.
Spanning the distance between Mandan and Medora, North Dakota, the coffee cruise features unique coffee shoppes along the Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway. The Dickinson Convention and Visitors Bureau has compiled a list of those favorite shoppes frequented by locals on the western edge of our beautiful state.

This route includes the communities of Mandan, Hebron, Richardton, Dickinson, Belfield, and Medora. There are nearly 30 local shoppes included. You can interact with the The Coffee Cruise on Facebook or right here on our website! Below you will find detailed information including itineraries and checklists, listings of area attractions, and interactive map that will direct you to all the coffee stops along the Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway and beyond.

Only have time for a short trip? No problem! You can explore the coffee shoppes one community at a time or make a day of it by driving the 130 - mile route! There are many historic locations and points of interest along the scenic byway. Stop to drink and snack whenever and wherever you want. Then share pics and reviews of your favorite stops on social media using the hashtag #NDCoffeeCruise.

Stop in Dickinson on your way! We have an abundance of shopping, lodging, and dining opportunities available to you besides the many coffee locations you won't want to miss! Add us to your itinerary!

We look forward to promoting the latest and greatest coffee establishment in our local communities, and we hope you will join us!

Grab a cup and cruise!

Learn more about The Coffee Cruise!
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