Fort Dilts

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Fort Dilts (1864-1864) - A immigrant wagon train defense established in 1864 during an Indian attack on a wagon train in Bowman County, North Dakota. The attack lasted for 14 days during which the settlers built a sod breast work while awaiting a relief. Named for Jefferson Dilts, the wagon train scout who was killed during the attack. Abandoned in 1864.

Current Status

Part of the Fort Dilts State Historic Site. Traces remain at the site including grave markers, wagon ruts and remains of a sod wall. in Bowman County, North Dakota.


Location: Fort Dilts State Historic Site, Bowman County, North Dakota.

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Lat: 46.2787202 Long: -103.7762064

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