Renovations set at historic depot in Mandan
By LeAnn Eckroth
Mandan’s historic depot area is due to start renovations in July for tourists.
The Mandan City Commission agreed Tuesday to allow the organizers to start building a $10,000 a gathering place with a Mandan logo. It will have palisades to feature large historic pictures between the depot and beanery.
“This is the kickoff spot for the Old Highway 10, the (Old) Red Trail. This is the kickoff point for the settlement of western North Dakota and possibly of the western United States,” said Bill Schott of the Heritage Plaza Foundation board of directors.
Backers have been working on the project for three years. Schott said it is being paid for through a $10,000 grant from the North Dakota State Historical Society. It’s for communities that want to preserve and promote their history, according to Schott.
“We want to present pictures of the Indian tribes, of farming, development and energy development that starts right at this point. When people come here, (they) can look at where development started in western North Dakota,” Schott said.
He said other pending projects will be weatherizing the old beanery with insulation, windows and cleaning up its brick.
Fencing will be provided behind the beanery and depot and the restoration will be done for the depot.