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Bonanzaville

1351 W. Main Ave.
West Fargo  North Dakota  58078
United States
(701) 282-2822
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Lisa Meyers McClintick
This impressive collection of 40 historic buildings sheds light on pioneer life during the settlement of North Dakota.

Bonanza was once the name given to the barns that filled the Red River Valley, and it's from that term that the Cass County Historical Society derives the name for its collection of 40 historical buildings and 400,000 artifacts that capture the history of the area. You'll find museums devoted to cars, horse-drawn vehicles, law enforcement and even the telephone (one sign reads, "Local calls: Two eggs or 5 cents"). While you'll find plenty documenting the rural farm life, you'll also find displays dedicated to medical and dental equipment from the 19th century and a collection of aircraft dating from 1911 to 1975. The pioneer village includes just about every type of building and business that might have made up a small North Dakota town when the area was being settled. Beyond the obligatory log cabin, blacksmith shop, school and government buildings, there's also a drug store, general store, creamery, saloon, newspaper office, bank and barbershop. If you want to orient yourself before starting your walking tour, consider hopping on a 20-minute tram ride that points out all of the areas of interest. Admission charged.

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