Chan SanSan Scenic Backway
Over 12,000 years ago glacial melt formed the James River Valley. When travelers descend into the valley, they can see the panoramic view of a winding river surrounded by tall grass prairie and wildflowers. This area is rich in Native American history, earthen mounds, early settlement and scenic beauty. Visitors have multiple opportunities for recreation and wildlife viewing along the backway.
Begins at Highway 46 and continues south through Adrian, Dickey, Grand Rapids and LaMoure to the intersection of the County Line Road.
Points of Interest
- Heinrich-Martin Dam-Built in 1968, the Heinrich-Martin Dam offers visitors a perfect spot to relax with picnic shelters, a swimming area and excellent fishing.
- Double Pony Truss Bridge-This Double Pony Truss Bridge was restored because of its rarity and an interpretive sign on the site offers a glimpse of early life in LaMoure County.
- LaMoure County Summer Musical Theatre-Each summer since 1972 the LaMoure County Memorial Park is filled with the sights and sounds of musical classics. For more information on times and dates call 701.883.5230.
- LaMoure County Courthouse-This stately landmark dominates the beautiful view of the valley with an impressive domed roof that is eye pleasing from any direction. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the story of how the courthouse came to be is as rich and interesting as any.
- Toy Farmer Museum-This museum is in a restored barn that was built in 1914 and houses display cases with many collectibles, including Lowell Davis' sculptured barns and farming scenes. For more information call 1.800.533.8293.
- Red Wing Paddleboat-Built in 1914 and used on the James River for some time, this paddleboat was restored in 1971 and now rests near the James River at LaMoure for the public to enjoy.