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Step back in time and explore the restored 1854 Pierre Bottineau house, located near the Recreation Area at Elm Creek Park Reserve. Experience the exhibits that highlight the life and times of the legendary Bottineau. Take part in public programs or schedule a visit and learn how his varied roles - hunter, trader, entrepreneur, and founder of cities - impacted the early development of the state.