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  • Railroad Safety

    Railroads were crucial in opening North Dakota to settlement.  The Northern Pacific pushed into northern Dakota Territory in 1871.  By the time of statehood in 1889, railroad companies had laid 2,093 miles of track here.  The main railroad companies were the Northern Pacific, running from Fargo to Beach, and the Manitoba, which ran from Grand […]

  • Great Dakota Boom

    Despite the fact that the Dakota Territory had been blasted in the Eastern Press as a barely inhabitable, frozen wasteland, the lure of free land caught the interest of many Easterners. Lured on by claims made through the Northern Pacific Railway Company, those seeking a new life were offered their choice of at least 50,000 […]

  • The Teddy Bear Fad

    During a hunting trip in 1902, the guides caught a bear, tied it to a tree, and invited Teddy Roosevelt to shoot it.  Roosevelt said that would be unsporting and refused to shoot.  Political cartoonist Clifford Berryman depicted the incident in one of his political cartoons, which inspired New York shopkeeper Morris Michtom and his […]

  • Dr Fannie Quain

    On this date in 1909, the North Dakota Legislature passed a bill to establish a Tuberculosis Sanatorium at San Haven. One of the people responsible was 29-year-old Dr. Fannie Dunn Quain. She was North Dakota’s first homegrown female doctor. Fannie Dunn paid her way through medical school by bookkeeping, teaching, house cleaning, working for a […]

  • New Americans in North Dakota

    Immigrants make up a growing share of North Dakota’s population.  The percentage of immigrants in the state nearly doubled between 1990 and 2013, from 1.5 percent to 2.7 percent.  About a third of the immigrants in North Dakota are naturalized citizens.  Nearly 22,000 North Dakotans are Latino or Asian.  The top countries of origin are […]

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    Thomas Leroy Narum was a foot soldier who served in Vietnam. Hailing from Amidon, North Dakota, he was only 21 when killed on this date by multiple fragmentation wounds. He is one of the 198 casualties North Dakota suffered in that war. Narum’s story is just one of many ways the Vietnam conflict affected the […]

  • Lily the Pink

    On this date in 1907, the Wahpeton Times included an ad for Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound, “the Great Woman’s Remedy for Woman’s Ills … sold by druggists everywhere.”  The ad said that it had been curing all forms of female complaints for thirty years … a polite way of addressing menstrual and menopausal discomfort. Lydia […]

  • The Cowboy Soldier

    Michael Vetter was a soldier in the 7th Cavalry stationed at Fort Totten. Today, we bring you excerpts of three letters he wrote to his brother in Pittsburgh in January of 1876, which were translated from German. January 1st he wrote, Dear Brother, I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year! […]

  • Red River Real Estate

    There was a time when land prices in North Dakota were low because there was little demand.  Many people who wanted to move west shied away from the state because of tales of Indian attacks and general lawlessness.  The notoriously cold weather also did nothing to encourage newcomers.  Consequently, there was more than enough land […]

  • Replacing Postmasters

    In 1910, Mrs. Minnie L. Budge, the Grand Forks postmistress, was ready to vacate her position. She had served as postmistress for the past four years, having replaced her husband, William Budge, who had held the office since 1898 William Budge was a bit of a jack of all trades, having emigrated from Scotland at […]

  • Christmas Eve Fire

    North Dakota State University’s campus has had a number of buildings come and go, but maybe none as dramatic as the old Chemical Building, which was a total loss in a Christmas Eve fire in 1909. The school was still called the North Dakota Agricultural College when the brick building opened in 1906. It offered […]

  • Billy Petrolle

    Think of North Dakota boxers, and you probably think Virgil Hill. But Hill is not the only great boxer from the state. Back in the 1920s and 30s, there was Billy Petrolle, a lightweight called the “Fargo Express.” He is ranked as one of the two greatest fighters to have never won a world championship. […]

  • White Slavery Whistleblower

    In the winter of 1922, the Fargo Forum reported, “Ruth Baughman…of Grand Forks…and well known throughout North Dakota as an amateur entertainer, startled United State officials with her story of conditions in Panama which has started … an investigation of what is rumored to be a most gigantic slavery plot.” The news broke when Baughman […]

  • The Gun That Won the West

    The Winchester Model 1873 repeating rifle was the first firearm  to use the slogan “the gun that won the west.”  But Sam Colt also claimed the  title for his Peacemaker revolver. Colt was an industrialist from Connecticut.  Texas Ranger Sam Walker acquired one of Colt’s early revolvers and realized it was the perfect weapon for […]

  • Andrew Burke’s Last Day

    Andrew Burke was Born in New York City in 1851, but by age four he was orphaned.  He became a child of the Orphan Trains, shipped out west to be given to a farm family — out west at the time being Indiana! During the Civil War he served as a drummer boy, enlisting in […]

  • Come Home to Michigan

    With the establishment of a post office, the town of Michigan City, North Dakota officially came into being on this date in 1883, and first train arrived in March. The town’s name was at times the cause of some confusion.  Shortly after the founding of the town, a carload of iron ore bound for Michigan […]

  • Devils Lake Central High School

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America. Education has always played an important part throughout the history of North Dakota, and in Devils Lake, the first school opened in a temporary location in November of 1883.  Four years later, the first […]

  • Fargo Candy Factory

    For decades, downtown Fargo had a candy factory that made everything from marshmallows to chocolates. C.A. Everhart & Co. had its start in 1895 when Wisconsin native Charles A. Everhart came to Fargo. His first confectionary was located at 17 Roberts Street, in the area of today’s Renaissance Hall. The early factory sat near Fargo’s […]

  • Hope’s Midnight Raid

    Cooperstown and Hope were once in the same county – Griggs – which was established by the Territorial Legislature in 1881. But that wasn’t to last. Governor Nehemiah Ordway declared Hope the county seat in the summer of 1882, because it was already a thriving little community and – well – it was also the […]

  • Donald Emerson, Memorial for a Fighter Pilot

    Donald Emerson was born on a farm near Joliette North Dakota in 1923.  While growing up Don was fascinated with airplanes.  Occasionally, young Donald would see a small biplane flying over the farm, and chores were forgotten as Don ran after the plane to watch it disappear over the horizon. Don Graduated from high school […]