The Missouri River has long been a means of transportation and a source of water and food for the prehistoric tribes of the Northern Plains. Later tribes, such as the Hidatsa, migrated to the banks of the river where they cultivated and developed their maize, squash and other staples.
On this date in 1925, W. Wildchut of the Museum of the American Indian visited the Missouri River Valley. Along with Lewis Crawford, curator of the State Historical Society, Major A. B. Welch of Mandan and Frank Kebert of Bismarck, they inspected Slant Village, Young Man’s Village, The Renden site, Double Ditch, the Sperry site, Hensler and Old Fort Clark. Mr. Wildchut collected artifacts for the New York Museum ... remnants of the early cultures that had flourished along the mighty river.
Dakota Datebook written by Jim Davis
The Bismarck Capital April 9, 1925