Standing Rock Hill Historic Site

This is the Standing Rock Hill Historic Site, south of Kathryn and west of Enderlin, just up the hill from Little Yellowstone Park, right off Highway 46.  It is also just a short drive from Jensen Cabin at Wadeson Park.  Standing Rock Hill Historic Site consists of four Native American burial mounds, the largest of which is marked with the small standing rock shown at the bottom of the page.

There is a fairly serious grade up a minimally maintained road to get to the parking lot at the top of the hill, but in dry conditions, you shouldn’t have any trouble in the typical car.  And you get treated some some nice scenery on the way up the hill.

Read more about it here.

Standing Rock Hill State Historic Site


Photos by Troy Larson, copyright © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media

12 thoughts on “Standing Rock Hill Historic Site

  1. We and our two children visited this site many times over the years. We have early 1980’s photos of them standing beside the rock. One of Gen Sibley’s 1863 campsites (Camp Weiser) is just a couple of miles due north of this site.

    Anyone born in this country is a native American. Those are indian mounds.


    1. @John:
      Anyone born in this country is an American citizen. Anyone born in India is an Indian. Those are Native American mounds. They are in no way connected to India. Columbus may have thought he was in India, but today we know better.


      1. Apparently today, some of us do not know better. In the 1980s I worked for a state agency in a town near a large, closed Indian reservation. The department had a liaison with the Tribe, who was an enrolled member of that Tribe. In the early 1980s he circulated a memo that addressed this issue. In the memo, he stressed that the Tribe had a strong preference for the term “Indian” (despite its mistaken origin). He allowed that if self-hating, guilty, liberal white people insisted, the Tribe was okay with the term “American Indian”; however, the Tribe also strongly agreed with the truism that anyone born in America was a native American, and they felt that they had no right to appropriate the term for themselves.

        P.S. Since you chose to identify yourself as a fictional character from the television show “Big Band Theory”, I will also remain anonymous.


  2. Most people would understand what I was saying, but for you I will be more specific: They would be called either American Indians or by their specific Tribe names. You COULD call them native Americans, but it would be rather uninformative, since most Americans are native Americans.

    Anyone born in this country is a native American.


  3. Hello to John Stangland! I was in you brother Jeff’s class of ’75 in McHenry. I visit this site often and it’s nice to see your comments on Juanita and all. I remember visiting with you and Connie at the 100th Jubilee in ’99. I love looking at all the photo’s here, so sad what has happened over the years to all these wonderful small towns in North Dakota and other places in the midwest. Many of my greatest memories are in good old McHenry. It will always be home for me in my heart. Funny how when I was growing up I thought it would always be the same as it was then… I have to admit I am part of what happened. I’ve been in Washington state for 35 years now. Still remember it like it was yesterday.
    Say hello to anyone who might remember me! Ray


    1. Hi Ray, you are talking about my cousin Jon, who is married to Connie. I too was at the McHenry 100th Celebration in 1999. We also had a Family Reunion a few weeks later at Carrington and Juanita Lake. I doubt we will have another. My Dad is 93, but not much memory left.

      I was just up to McHenry last Thursday, to get the NPRY tools I had donated to the McHenry Railroad Museum. There is no longer anyone left (of the people who were interested) to take care of it so they are dissolving the McHenry Historical Association. I guess the younger people are not interested in keeping it going. A very sad state of affairs. Anything not picked up will be auctioned off, lock, stock, and barrel, even the depot.

      I agree about the demise of the small towns in the state. I grew up in those towns, as my Dad was an Agent-Telegrapher for the NPRY, retiring in 1980.. I went to 8 different schools in 12 years. Places like, Litchville, Buffalo, Berlin and Jessie. Then to Wahpeton Science and Uncle Sam’s Army Signal Corp. I am now retired from the Railroad too.

      I’ll mention your message next time I get up there.

      John Allen


  4. Hello John, I thought the spelling of you name was not the same as Jon that I knew but after reading your posts on the Juanita block you had mentioned several names that I am familiar with so…
    How sad that this is happening in Mchenry. It’s taken a while to sink in for me. Wish I was closer to help out.


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