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  • 1795 Soulard Map

    While in St. Louis preparing for his upcoming voyage, Meriwether Lewis obtained a copy of a map produced in 1795 of the upper Louisiana Territory. The map, produced by Antoine Pierre Soulard, documented features of the Great Plains as far west as the Mandan Indians living near the mouth of the Knife River.   Born [...]

  • Fargo’s Ford Building

    As thousands of Model Ts rattled across the Dakotas in the 1910s, Henry Ford needed a way to keep those cars running and to get new cars to customers. Ford built additional factories in cities across the United States because it was cheaper to ship parts from Detroit and assemble the cars in these “branch [...]

  • The Brown Quadruplets

    There had never been such joy at St. John’s Hospital in Fargo as there was on February 6, 1941. That’s the day Ella Brown gave birth to North Dakota’s first surviving quadruplets, a girl and three boys. Nick and Ella Brown lived on a farm near Leonard, where Nick also operated a nearby service station. [...]

  • Bad Lands Cow Boy

    Arthur Packard established the Bad Lands Cow Boy newspaper at Medora on this date in 1884. Medora’s first newspaper, the Cow Boy recorded the town’s earliest history. A journalist with a fascination for cowboys, Packard headed west soon after his graduation from the University of Michigan. He became managing editor of the Bismarck Tribune, although [...]

  • Bootleggers Little Green Book

    The Era of Prohibition may have ended on December 5, 1933 with repeal of the Volstead Act by the ratification of the 21st Amendment, however, the desire for bootlegged alcohol was still strong in North Dakota. On this day in 1934, the citizens from twenty-two towns in the center of the state were wondering which [...]

  • Irish Homestead

    The Great American Desert proved to be fertile farmland which attracted thousands to Dakota Territory. The Homestead Law allowed ownership for a modest filing fee along with residency and improvements to the land. Among the many Germans, Norwegians and other northern Europeans was an Irishman who came to the Minot area to take advantage of [...]

  • Financial Crisis

    The Bank of North Dakota announced in the State Legislature that it was unable to meet the state’s payroll on this date in 1921. Checks issued to all state, county, and local employees could not be cashed or honored. Unlike the prosperous industrial areas of the country, agriculturally-dependent North Dakota faced a growing financial crisis. [...]

  • Two Lepers In Walsh County, 1900

    In biblical times, persons who had leprosy were shunned and had to call out “unclean!, unclean!” – to warn others away. In North Dakota, the most publicized cases of more modern leprosy were in Walsh County, near Edinburg. There, two men became wards of the county, getting room and board and medical care as welfare. [...]

  • Lincoln’s Birthday and 1909 Pennies

    Today we celebrate the birthdate of Abraham Lincoln. Born in 1809 in a log cabin in Kentucky, Lincoln had less than a year of formal schooling, yet he had ambitions that led him to become a lawyer, congressman, and president of the U.S. he brought the country through the ordeal of the Civil War and [...]

  • Streamers and Flags

    Almost one year after the end of World War I, in September of 1919, General Pershing led 24,000 “bronzed veterans and victors of battles that saved the world for liberty” through the streets of Washington D.C. in a grand victory parade. Citizens were invited to “make the greatest possible noise so that the fighters shall [...]

  • Flour Mill Fire

    A terrible fire destroyed the Krem Roller Mill on this date in 1906. Although little remains of the town today, Krem was once the “largest and most progressive” town in Mercer County. Much of the town’s commercial success, however, was the result of its large flour mill. Losing the mill was the beginning of the [...]

  • Welcome Home

    The city of Fargo welcomed the 1st North Dakota Infantry home from Mexico on this date in 1917. The men returned after serving eight months on the border as part of the Mexican Expedition under U.S. General John Pershing. Today better known as the Pancho Villa Expedition, the Mexican Expedition began in March of 1916 [...]

  • Motorized Ferry

      On this date in 1912, the Tioga Gazette notified its readers that a motorized ferry would be installed north of Charlson in McKenzie County as soon as the ice went out. The boat would accommodate a number of horse teams each trip, and be propelled by a 60-horse-power gasoline engine, and lighted by electricity. [...]

  • Cold Weather

    It had been a cold week in 1955. With temperatures hitting 20 below, it was not fit for man nor beast. A story in the Hettinger County Herald proved the point on this date when it reported that a big, yellow cat had found a place to stay warm—inside the hood of a car at [...]

  • The Truth About Two Walsh County Lepers

    Last week, we heard the story about Dr. J.E. Engstad of Grand Forks, who stirred controversy by saying two lepers in Walsh County were being neglected by their neighbors, being left to die without human contact. Dr. Engstad, after making a medical visit, claimed Sakkarius Aardahl and John Ostland were suffering in a decomposing sod [...]

  • WWalkerinter of 1948

    The winter of 1948 was yet another in a long line with cold temperatures, heavy snow and typical wintery conditions. On this date, a particularly bad two-day blizzard was sweeping across eastern North Dakota. In the Red River Valley, the wind hit 72 miles an hour. Bus service stopped and trains pulled into their stations [...]

  • LaMoure County Blizzard

    Blizzards are a part life on the Northern Plains. They are difficult to predict and they can be deadly. Most people, who have spent a lifetime in North Dakota, have at least one blizzard tale to tell their grandchildren.   In the 1880s, homestead shanties dotted the plains, and roads were mere tracks across the [...]

  • Chinook Shake-Up

    Granville, North Dakota, recorded an 83-degree rise in temperature on this date in 1918, one of the most extreme temperature changes ever recorded. In only twelve hours, the temperature climbed from 33-degrees Fahrenheit below zero to 50-degrees above. The 83-degree swing was only one example of extreme temperature changes caused by a meteorological phenomenon known [...]

  • Gas Lights

    The gas light era in Grand Forks began in 1887 when the city’s homes and businesses were lit with gas for the first time. Before gas lights, homeowners depended upon candles, whale-oil lamps or kerosene lanterns. Gas pipes brought the illuminating gas to homes, where smaller gas lines conducted the fuel directly to the gaslights [...]

  • Carney Song Contest

    On this date in 1948, students of the University of North Dakota music department took part in the Carney Song Contest. The annual contest started in 1911, encouraging school spirit, song writing, and college loyalty. The contest took place between the classes of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, with each level singing Alma Mater, one [...]