Historic Architectural Survey of Bowman County

What are you trying to accomplish here?

The historic architectural survey of Bowman County was designed to identify and document historical resources in the county. More specifically, it had these aims:
  • To complete what is called a "reconnaissance level survey" of the historic architectural resources of Bowman County (excluding the city of Bowman itself, because it was surveyed in 1987-88, and excluding the Little Missouri National Grassland, because that's federal land).

  • To identify properties that may be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
This means that we explored the county and compiled documentation on its historic buildings, structures, and objects. This type of survey work goes on across the United States. States support such work with funds from the National Park Service, which maintains the National Register of Historic Places.

Our report and files went to the State Historical Society of North Dakota, enriching the organization's documentation on the history of West River North Dakota and possibly prompting nominations to the National Register.

This is historical research. It is not part of any development or construction project. Nor does it have anything to do with fossils or artifacts located in the county. All we sought was knowledge of the county's history and its architectural legacy.

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