Stepping back in history

Eloise Ogden/MDN A cannon presentation and firing will be held at 1 and 4 p.m. daily on Saturday and Sunday during Frontier Military Days at Fort Stevenson State Park, south of Garrison. The photo was taken during the 2016 event. This is the 25th year of the event.

GARRISON – Visitors to Fort Stevenson State Park, south of Garrison, on Saturday and Sunday will step back in time during Frontier Military Days being held there from 1-4 p.m. daily.

Dick Messerly, president of the Fort Stevenson Foundation, said this year is the observance of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the original Fort Stevenson in Dakota Territory and the 25th year of Frontier Military Days. He said the original fort was located about three miles southwest of present-day Fort Stevenson, along the original Missouri River in the Douglas Creek and Garrison Creek area. The original fort site is covered by Lake Sakakawea.

Old Scouts from the Bismarck area and representatives from Fort Seward at Jamestown will be on site each day of Frontier Military Days where there will be living history demonstrations with a military encampment and maneuvers. Skills and crafts of the Indian Wars period will be on display.

Special presentations will be made by Arch Ellwein portraying buffalo hunter Yellowstone Vic Smith on Saturday at 2 p.m. and portraying riverboat pilot and captain Grant Marsh on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The fourth annual pie baking contest is set for Sunday. Fruit pies will be accepted for the competition from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Fort Stevenson State Park Guardhouse. Prizes of $125, $100 and $75 will be awarded for the best pies. Rules and registration forms can be obtained at the Garrison Convention and Visitors Bureau or at At the website under “Upcoming Events” click on “Fort Stevenson Frontier Military Days.”

Visitors to Frontier Military Days on Saturday can enjoy free root beer floats and on Sunday free pie and ice cream.

A cannon presentation and firing will be conducted at 1 and 4 p.m. each day, along with the candy cannon firing each day.

Entrance to the park will be free on Sunday.