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Posted on: January 23, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Heritage River Landing Launches Phase II Campaign

Heritage River Landing rendering

When the flood of 2011 swallowed the old Wilton Train Depot and Captain Meriwether’s Landing, it left a hole on the riverbank in Bismarck.

Over the past year, the Foundation has been quietly conducting a capital campaign to build a community event space and visitor center that will fill that empty spot. The Heritage River Landing will house a bar and restaurant, a gift shop with ticket sales for the Lewis and Clark Riverboat, and an interactive kiosk to encourage visitors to explore the many scenic, historic, and recreational sites along the Missouri River.

Former Bismarck Mayor John Warford and retired ND National Guard Adjutant General David Sprynczynatyk are co-chairing a newly launched Phase II of the campaign and will make a presentation to the Bismarck City Commission Jan. 23.

“Bismarck-Mandan is all about livability,” said Warford. “This facility will complement the riverfront parks and trails. It will enhance quality of place.”

Sprynczynatyk and Warford have teamed up before. Together, they battled the epic 2011 flood.

“We have an opportunity here,” Sprynczynatyk said. “If we learned anything from the flood, it was about the community coming together. We can do it again. We can get this done.”

“Our mission is to connect people and place through heritage tourism and education,” he said. “The Missouri River Valley is a big place with nationally important heritage. There are historic sites and state parks and incredible natural areas. We want to get people out there. We want them to experience these special places here in our own backyard.”

The Heritage River Landing will serve as the interpretive headquarters for the Northern Plains National Heritage Area, one of 49 National Heritage Areas overseen by the National Park Service. The Northern Plains National Heritage Area connects and elevates city, county, state, Federal, and nonprofit public sites and locations on the Missouri River in central North Dakota to a national profile.

For more information, contact the Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation, 701-663-4758, or visit www.fortlincoln.org.     

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