Parshall is a city lying within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. It is located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in Mountrail County, North Dakota, United States. Its population was 903 at the 2010 census. Parshall was founded in 1914, and is the home of the Paul Broste Rock Museum.
This is Dale Broste, I was raised on a farm just 6 ½ miles SW of Parshall. Dad raised Wheat; in fact Paul did prior to dad. They were known for years as the State Wheat Kings. I always appreciated the work ethic, and basic knowledge I gained from dad, my first and most memorable “boss”.
I was a volunteer on portions of the all-volunteer crew that constructed the Paul Broste museum in the photo above. I had a dump truck and crew collecting granite rocks from rock piles from several area farms (with their permission of course).
The museum is the world’s largest collection of rock and minerals, collected by Paul, my great uncle. Paul also did oil paintings and wrote a few books. The paintings are on display as are the thousands of rocks and minerals. The books are out of publication now.
So if you are ever in the area of central North Dakota and tired of the new oil traffic, or flat prairie, just stop by the museum on the north side of town (right across — due East — from my High School in fact — on North Main Street).
If you would like to let me know what you thought, how the Museum is doing etc, I would appreciate it. I personally have not bee there in some time. I hope it is being managed and maintained well.
1.) I almost forgot. In the museum there is a stump of a petrified Red Wood tree (about 2.5 ft. tall). My brothers and I discovered this just SW of Parshall along the Slides (now covered by Lake Sacagawea). The three pieces total over .75 tons as I recall, and were determined to be more than 3 million years old.
2). There is also a petrified Dinosaur tooth, found in North Dakota.