Fall in North Dakota is often too brief, but the moment is bright and scenic. Highway 1804, which travels through the Missouri River’s eastern bluffs, is an especially beautiful place to take in autumn’s colors. On 1804 south of Washburn, there is a little known destination: the Painted Woods Wildlife Management Area. Amidst the fall colors on a November day, the Painted Woods may seem to get its name from the palette of bright leaves. However, the history of the Painted Woods is older and less obvious. It is a story of love, loss, and warfare.