BISMARCK, ND (KXNETName) – As the town of Bismarck celebrates its 150th anniversary, the Historic Preservation Commission is excited to unveil new ways for residents and visitors to learn about the community’s history.

The Historic Preservation Commission aims to promote awareness and understanding of the city’s heritage, historic properties, and the past endeavors of its residents.

“We are truly excited to introduce new ways for people to explore Bismarck’s history,” said Will Hutchings, senior planner and liaison for the Historic Preservation Commission, in a press release. “There are a lot of really fascinating stories behind the various sites in Bismarck that need to be told. These two projects will give people who may be familiar with Bismarck, or those new to our city, a chance to get a feel for themselves. sense of the rich history that surrounds us.

Two self-guided walking map brochures have been developed for Bismarck’s Downtown Historic District and the Cathedral Historic District.

These maps highlight historic buildings and sites in each of the historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

These brochures will be distributed locally and statewide to help promote Bismarck’s Honored Historic Areas and encourage heritage tourism.

Brochures can be found at the City of Bismarck Community Development Department in the City/County Building at 221 North Fifth Street downtown.

The Historic Preservation Commission has partnered with a local business to offer an interactive audio-guided tour featuring 10 historic sites in the heart of the community.

The sites featured were selected by the Historic Preservation Commission with assistance from members of the Bismarck Mandan 2021 Leadership Class.

The 10 sites are:

  • Bismarck rail depot
  • Auditorium Belle-Mehus
  • Prince Hotel (Van Horn and Ritterbush Architects)
  • Patterson Hotel
  • Capitol Theater Building
  • The Provident building / weather beacon
  • St. Alexius Hospital
  • World War Memorial Building
  • Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library
  • Cathedral Historic District

Each site contains a sign indicating that it is an interpretation site. Several other Talking Trail sites are available throughout the community and throughout the state.

There are two ways to access the pre-recorded audio stories, either by downloading the free Talking Trail mobile app on Android or Apple devices, or by using your phone to listen to the audio recordings by dialing the phone number listed on the panel at each location and entering the unique three-digit number.

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