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River Bend Overlook and CCC Shelterhouse

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1936–1938. Scenic Dr., 8.5 miles west of U.S. 85 entrance
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

The iconic CCC-built overlook shelter is a rustic stone construction on a dramatic promontory overlooking the Little Missouri River that flows nearly one thousand feet below. Formed as a simple gable-roofed enclosure, supported by large irregularly shaped boulders and rough-hewn log framing, the park shelter is in a setting of solitude and contemplation. The landscape within which the overlook shelter is placed was manipulated in subtle ways that add to appreciation of the sublime landscape. Steps placed informally between local specimen plants and rock beds spill down the hillside. A team of NPS landscape architects led by Weldon Gratton designed and supervised CCC implementation of the sensitively designed features throughout the park.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "River Bend Overlook and CCC Shelterhouse", [Grassy Butte, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 153-153.

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