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North Dakota: Legendary. Follow the trail of legends

NDDOT History

NDDOT History

Please click a timeframe below for a period in NDDOT History.

1700 - 1800

1738

Pierre de la Verendrye

Pierre de la Vendrye

  • Montreal merchant and explorer Pierre Verendrye makes the earliest recorded entrance by an explorer into what is now North Dakota while looking to find an all-water route to the Pacific Ocean.

1742

  • Verendrye’s sons enter North Dakota on the same quest.

1797-1798

  • David Thompson does the first surveying in North Dakota. He created the first reliable maps of the state’s rivers and terrain. (David Thompson was originally from London, England, he came across the Atlantic at the young age of 14 to work for the Hudson's Bay Company in 1784.) (photo courtesy of the National Park Service)
David Thompson

David Thompson