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  • Steamboats

    Rivers figure prominently in our history and culture. We can conjure images of Lewis & Clark exploring the Missouri, and the riverboat “Yellowstone” as the first steamboat on the upper Missouri. History was made on the Red River of the North on this date in 1859. The Anson Northup steamboat first put in on the [...]

  • Homestead’s Second Vote

    After a forty-year battle in Congress, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Homestead Law on this date in 1862. Initial passage of the bill had been blocked “…on the theory that Congress had no right to give away public property.” Many southerners opposed the law, believing settlers would flood the northern territories and upset the balance [...]

  • The Father of Macaroni Wheat

    Durum wheat is used for making macaroni and other pastas, and North Dakota produces two-thirds of the durum grown in the U.S.A. Charles Hitchcock, who became known in the history of North Dakota as the “Father of durum or macaroni wheat,” died on this dated in 1909. Hitchcock had a farm at Buttzville, near Lisbon, [...]

  • World Premiere

    On this date in 1955, residents of the northwest were talking about the previous night’s “world premiere” of a new song called “North Dakota.” The premiere played on television and radio across North and South Dakota, Montana and Minnesota. The song was instigated by US Senator Bill Langer, composed by Leonard Whitcup, with lyrics by [...]

  • Sacred Heart

    Fargo, Dakota Territory was chartered as an official city in 1875. The town named by the Northern Pacific Railroad offered its first school in 1872 when a cabin located in Island Park served a handful of students taught by a fifteen-year-old girl. As time passed, the public schools in Fargo reflected the town’s growth. By [...]

  • Swat the Fly!

    Springtime brings warm, sunny days and apple blossoms – and poets proclaim that love is in the air. Unfortunately, spring also heralds the arrival of houseflies, the pesky pests that imperil the health and well-being of young and old alike. On this date, exactly one hundred years ago, a Grand Forks newspaper announced the arrival [...]

  • Speeding North Dakotans

    As the prevalence of automobiles increased across the United States, people had to address the many effects — among these, dealing with and trying to prevent car accidents and fatalities. So, in May of 1953, it was good news when a report showed that car accidents, compared to the previous year, had lessened — and [...]

  • Quill Corp v. North Dakota

    The United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of the Quill Corporation v. the State of North Dakota on this date in 1992. During the course of the trial, the state of North Dakota charged the Quill Corporation with evading payment of a use tax on products sold to North Dakota customers. The Delaware-based [...]

  • Hector Field

    Hector Field, Fargo’s Airport, was dedicated on this date in 1931. Twenty years after the first plane flew over Fargo, five thousand of the city’s residents crowded onto the field donated by Martin Hector to take part in the dedication. Walter Hinton of the U.S. Navy spoke to the crowds; Hinton piloted the first transatlantic [...]

  • Memorial Day 1975

    Memorial Day has been around for over one hundred and forty years and each year we gather to pay our respects to those who gave their lives to keep us safe and free. Originally it was named Decoration Day to honor the Civil War dead for keeping us a united country. But thirty-seven years ago [...]

  • Purebred Bulls from James J. Hill

    Today marks the death date of James J. Hill, the railway magnate who took a great interest in building up North Dakota. He died in 1916. One of the ways he helped the state develop was by promoting diversification on farms. Wheat had been the foundation of Dakota agriculture, and Dakota wheat flowed to flour [...]

  • Volunteering for Duty

    During the Philippine Insurrection and the Spanish American War in the late 1890s, many North Dakotans quickly volunteered for duty, and they were sent to a strange and different land in the Philippines, where they endured harsh conditions. Private William G. Lamb of Hamilton wrote this letter home a month before his death: “We fellows [...]

  • Charles Larpenteur

    It had been two years since the US-Dakota Conflict of 1862 and, as part of the campaign to counter spreading hostilities, the Army planned to establish forts along the Missouri River, including the existing Fort Union Trading Post. While in St. Louis, General Alfred Sully chose Charles Larpenteur to be the commissary of freight being [...]

  • Lost Wallet

    The Garrison Dam is the fifth largest dam in the United States. It is 210 feet high, and two and a half miles long. With five hydropower generating units in the powerhouse, it produces enough electricity to supply the electrical needs of a large city. It is responsible for creating Lake Sakakawea, the third largest [...]

  • Whooping Crane

    The Whooping Crane was placed on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife List of Endangered Species on this date in 1970. The tallest bird in North America, the whooping crane’s historical breeding range extended from Illinois through North Dakota and into Canada. Once plentiful, loss of habitat and hunting led to an all-time population low of [...]

  • Commemorative Quarters

    Governor John Hoeven nominated the design for the North Dakota Commemorative Quarter on this date in 2005. A nine-member commission had been tasked with recommending three narratives that defined the state to U.S. Mint artists, who would create designs to be selected by the state. North Dakotans submitted narratives defining the unique history and importance [...]

  • Boy Chief

    Boy Chief, an Arikara Indian scout who fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, passed away on this date in 1922 in Armstrong, North Dakota. Boy Chief was a member of General Custer’s 7th Calvary stationed at Fort Lincoln and participated in the attack launched by Major Reno. Boy Chief and his half-brother Red [...]

  • Northern Boundary Survey

    The Treaty of Ghent in 1814 ended the War of 1812 and established a Commission to set the boundary between the United States and Canada. In 1822 this commission established the boundary at the 49th Parallel, but for the next fifty years there was little attention paid to it. However, there were two early attempts [...]

  • Bridge to the Future

    As part of his dream for settlement of the western United States, President Abraham Lincoln knew that the steam locomotive and railroad lines could play a critical role. His 1864 Transcontinental Railroad Act put the power of the government behind the railroad’s potential. After the Union and Western Pacific Railroads linked a southwest route across [...]

  • Visit to ND

    In 1939, the Crown Prince to the Norwegian throne, Olav, and his wife Martha, toured America – including a few memorable days as they crossed North Dakota. As they visited various locations, the Crown Prince and Princess made an impact on the royalty-struck North Dakotans, partly because they were so down-to-earth. While in Grand Forks, [...]