INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN

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 No ticket or pamphlet

 

August 1987

International Peace Garden, Dunseith, ND

 

While living in North Dakota for 5 years, there wasn't much to do.  One mall in Minot and the better shopping area in Bismarck, but still a small farming community.  During our 5 years stationed there, we went to what we found; South Dakota and Canada, but in North Dakota itself, only a wild life things to do.  Much of the Dakotas are prairie lands and dirt.  Not even trees.  We use to joke the state tree was the telephone pole and the state bird was the mosquito (they grow them big there).  Prairie dogs, most affectionately called Dak Rats, were the state animal... other than that, there wasn't much else but wind and snow... but we discovered the International Peace Gardens, which lies on the border of North Dakota and Canada.  The garden is devoted to peace and is on the world's longest UNFORTIFIED border; it's a 2,339 acre Botanical Garden.  When we went, it was fairly new and not this large nor developed.  Our photos were really poor quality, so don't judge by these, but this is what it was like at the time (minus the graininess and the overexposure from our cheap 35 mm camera and cheap film).  Now there is a wildlife museum there, an amphitheatre, hiking trails, picnic areas, a dam, gift shop, cafe, bell tower, floral clock, sunken and formal gardens, New York World Trade Center Memorial, crop display, peace tower and chapel, and a greenhouse. When we went, I thought it was free or close to it; now it's 10.00 a carload or 25.00 for annual pass.  The Gardens are not located IN Dunseith, but North of it, on US 281, and south of Boissevain, Manitoba on Provincial Highway 10

 

 Left to Right:  1)  International Peace Garden Fountain 2) Peace Garden Yellow flowers 3) Water) 4) Bridge/Wall/Fountain 5) Plaque regarding the Towers

 

Above: International Peace Towers

 

Links you might like to visit:

International Peace Garden Foundation

Minot State University (where I went to college)

Bismarck North Dakota (we went there a couple times a year)

Minot AFB (where we were Stationed)

 


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