State Park Program Shows Kids What it was Like to be a Soldier on the Dakota Frontier

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Being a soldier on the North Dakota frontier was a challenging time over 100 years ago. Many of the men who ventured to Fort Abraham Lincoln for the first time were young, and had no way of knowing what was at stake.

Interpreter Sergeant Alan Johnson takes kids back to 1875 in a special Saturday program.

The kids take an official oath of enlistment in the U.S. Frontier Military and learn the basics of field drill on the parade ground.

Johnson says he’s found a home at the state park.

He explains, “When I retired from the Air Force in 1991 I worked for a little bit and was going to college, and I decided to find something that could extend the life of my military experience. And in 1993, I found that out here at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.”

The program will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Saturday through September 1st.

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