Most People Have No Idea North Dakota Has A Stunning Lost National Park
Long before Lewis and Clark ever stepped foot in North Dakota, there was another explorer who made his way through the still-wild land and was known as one of the first outsiders to ever be in the area. Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye was his name – quite a mouthful – and he was originally commemorated for this act by having 101 acres of land in North Dakota preserved in his name, giving us the Verendrye National Park. This park, however, no longer exists.
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Today, part of it remains as Crow Flies High Recreation Area near New Town. Verendrye National Park would have been North Dakota’s second national park. But with the lake and the unclear history, it will probably never get that title back.
Leah moved to North Dakota when she was 12 years old and has traveled from the Red River Valley to the badlands and many places in between. She loves small-town life and currently enjoys living on a small farm in the ND prairie. She's always had a passion for writing and has participated in novel writing challenges such as NaNoWriMo multiple times. Her favorite part about this job is recognizing small businesses that deserve a boost and seeing the positive affect her articles can have on their traffic, especially in rural areas that might have otherwise gone overlooked.
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