Located in the Heart River Vally, this scenic area was named after railroad official Wells S. Dickinson. Dickinsons population, nearly 17,000, continues to boom as it is North Dakota's southwest center for shopping and entertainment. A strong manufaturing area, Dickinson also proves a major agricultural site and rich area for oil.
Rich in Eastern Europen history with many coming from Russia, Germany, Ukraine and Scandinavia, Dickinson settlers took advantage of its rich soil. By 1904, settlers turned the fertile prairie soil into farms. During the summer months Joachim Regional Museum and Prairie Outpost Park offer the visitor a lesson into the past with rotating static displays and tours of homestead buildings and displays in the summer remind locals of the heritage and teach newcomers about the important history. The tour includes a general store,a German stone house, ancient settlers home, Scandinavian Stabbur and a railroad depot.
Points of Interest
The Joachim Regional Museum: Opened in May of 1983, and was made possible by a monetary gift from Daniel Milton Joachim. With elaborate and educational showcases, the museum holds many views of the Dickinsonís and North Dakotaís developed history. Display themes include Czech Immigration and Traditions, Early Motoring in North Dakota, The Immigration Experience in Southwestern, Cowboys, Railroads and how they hanged the Praries. It also houses the Pioneer Machinery Exhibit, which holds an arrowhead collection, miniature farm, many horse-drawn pieces of machinery and household items, a Teddy Roosevelt Display and many other interesting cultural displays.
The Ukrainian Cultural Institute: With exhibits, art shows and tours, this institute seeks to preserve the heritage of the ethnic culture deeply rooted in Dickinson. The area has many Ukrainian or pysanky artists, and the center helps to bring them to the forefront. A Pysanky tradition of egg decoration is promoted annually and the gorgeous eggs (goose, chicken and ostrich) are able to be sold in time for Easter. In this rich culture the eggs represent spring and the renewal of life. The center also provides food, varenyky-pyrohy, which are potato or cottage cheese filled dumplings native to eastern Europeans.
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- Roughrider Days Fair and Expo
- Dakota Dinosaur Museum
- Prairie Outpost Village
- Pioneer Machinery Building
- Joachim Regional Museum
- Ukrainian Cultural Institute