BISMARCK, N.D. – A school and an archaeological site have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government’s list of properties it considers worthy of preservation and recognition. North Dakota nominations are coordinated by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
The Fort Buford Stage Road near Washburn is a well-preserved site that demonstrates statewide historic significance of the military frontier in the Dakota Territory, the growth of a complex military fort system, the development of commerce within the fort system, the evolution of transportation methods in the area, and the effect the military frontier had on the migration of Euro-American settlers to what is now North Dakota.
The Wabek Consolidated School near Plaza was formed in 1917 with the physical combining of two former one-room schoolhouses. This new consolidated school was able to offer education for more grade levels since it now had two teachers. Other improvements made possible by the consolidation were more playground equipment, better social opportunities, and better organization. This school served local students until its closing in 1960.
Contrary to some misconceptions about the National Register program, listing in it does not prevent owners from altering their property, restrict the use or sale of the property, or require establishing times that the property must be open to the public. Entry into the National Register of Historic Places does give a property prestige, provides protection from adverse effects in federally assisted projects, and provides eligibility for certain preservation financial incentives.
For more information about the National Register program in North Dakota, contact Architectural Historian Lorna Meidinger, State Historical Society of North Dakota, at 701.328.2089 or find information online at history.nd.gov.
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