Lynch Knife River Flint Quarry National Historic Landmark to be Dedicated
Contact: Dorothy Cook, 701-745-3300
Stanton, ND: The public is invited to the dedication of the Lynch Knife River Flint Quarry National Historic Landmark on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.
The ceremony will include speakers, entertainment, and the formal presentation of the National Historic Landmark plaque. Speakers include Gerard Baker, former National Park Superintendent at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Valerie Naylor, Superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Keith Bear, renowned flute player, will be performing.
National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of Interior. They are exceptional places forming a common bond among all Americans. North Dakota has six National Historic Landmarks including Big Hidatsa Village Site, Fort Union Trading Post, Frederick A. and Sophia Bagg Bonanza Farm, Huff Archeological Site, and Menoken Indian Village Site. The quarry became the sixth site on July 13, 2011.
Superintendent Wendy Ross says, "Please join us for the dedication of the Lynch Knife River Flint Quarries which celebrates the culmination of many people's efforts to protect this important site. The flint quarries were one of the most important resources used by Native peoples and they allowed the associated Knife River Villages to become an important hub of trade and crossroads of culture."
The quarry site is located just east of Dunn Center off Highway 200. There will be signs directing you to the dedication site. Bring your lawn chairs and come and enjoy the dedication ceremony! For more information, please call the park at 701-745-3300.
Did You Know?
The villages at the Knife River Indian Villages NHS were once one of the main trading centers of North America.