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  • Buechner and Orth Courthouses

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.  Courthouses are often considered for historic preservation, and there is perhaps one type worthy of further discussion. Between the years 1905 and 1919, thirteen county courthouses in North Dakota were designed by the St. […]

  • Remington Goes Hunting

    In the late 1890s, the great western artist, Frederic Remington, came to Northern Dakota on a hunting expedition and wrote about his adventure for a Harper’s Monthly magazine. A New Yorker by birth, Frederic Remington’s career as one of our most important Western artists was launched because the father of his prospective bride refused to […]

  • The Ward of Ward

    In 1883, James Johnson and Joseph L. Colton decided to travel into the Dakota territories. They came to rest at the fork of the Mouse and Des Lacs rivers. It was here they decided to create the town of Burlington, a town at the heart of what would soon become Ward County. The county got […]

  • Bicycle, North Dakota

    A number of communities have come and gone in McKenzie County, where Watford City sits at pretty much the heart of everything. A century ago, however, many towns dotted the prairie in that largest county in the state. One example is Bicycle, North Dakota. The name was Anglicized from nearby Beicegel Creek. Bicycle was located […]

  • Certified Local Government

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.  To help prevent the loss of historical structures, and to recognize the important role of local participation in preservation, amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act established the Certified Local Government program or CLG’s […]

  • Trainwrecks

    In November, 1911, trains were making history in North Dakota, but it wasn’t for good reasons. On this date near McKenzie, North Dakota … a few miles east of Bismarck … cleanup was underway after a train wreck the day before.  The wreck occurred when compacted snow prevented a switch from closing all the way. […]

  • Sour Milk

    In 1933, the United States was four years in to the Great Depression. Tensions were high, and one group in particular was making noise in the Fargo area – milk wagon drivers. The drivers of the milk trucks were angry about working 70 to 90 hours a week for a mere $15. Meanwhile, down in […]

  • Community Policing

    The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services … COPS for short … is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice. In North Dakota, it has helped fund 273 additional positions at 73 North Dakota law enforcement agencies. The idea behind community policing is to build trust and mutual respect between police and communities. It […]

  • Lunds Valley

    Lundsvalley was originally written as one word when it was established in 1909 in a grassy, bowl-like valley north of Stanley, North Dakota.  It began with a rural post office on this date in 1909. Jens Madson Lund was the first postmaster and the first settler in the valley. A railroad townsite was laid out […]

  • County Courthouses

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America.  One of the most fundamental and historic types of building is the county courthouse.  Realizing this, the architectural historian at the State Historical Society of North Dakota, L. Martin Perry, conducted a survey from […]

  • Armistice Day Celebration, 1918

    World War I, which took place from 1914 to 1918, was the deadliest conflict the world had ever known. So, when the “Great War” ended, it brought jubilation. On this date in 1918, the Grand Forks Herald announced that the “great world-war” was over.  The Armistice stopped all fighting at exactly 11 a.m., Paris time, […]

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park celebrates its birthday

    They’re called “America’s best idea” by Ken Burns, and they receive tens of millions of visitors from around the world every year. America’s National Parks are truly an American treasure. Today marks a special date for a National Park close to our hearts. Previously known as Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park, it was on this […]

  • Essie’s Story

    Today is the birthday of Esther Burnett Horne, who was featured in “Essie’s Story: The Life and Legacy of a Shoshone Teacher.” Essie was born in 1909, and the book, which she co-authored with Sally McBeth, was published in 1998, a year before Essie died. Essie was born to a Scotch-Irishman and a Shoshone woman. […]

  • Aloha Eagles

    Today is the birthday of Aloha Pearl Taylor Brown Eagles, who was born in 1916 in Duluth. She grew up in Crosby, MN, trained as a nurse, and graduated from Hibbing Junior College in 1936. Aloha and her husband, Donald, moved to Fargo in 1942, where they raised two sons. In 1967, she campaigned as […]

  • Raymond Wicklander

    /media/dakotadatebook/2016/nov/07.mp3 Raymond Wicklander is known around his hometown of Washburn as a retired implement dealer and buffalo rancher.  Many do not know of his service during World War II as a Navy dive bomber pilot and recipient of the Navy Cross.  On October 25th, 1944 Ray participated in one of the great naval battles of […]

  • Dr. Paul H. Burton

    Today is the anniversary of the death of Dr. Paul H. Burton. He was 76 years old and came of age during the days of making house calls on horseback. Burton was born in Wisconsin in 1876, and studied medicine at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Burton’s medical internship was relatively unusual. He was appointed […]

  • 1908 Election

    North Dakota traditionally votes red for Republican, but today’s general election in 1908 was a bit of a mixed bag. Republican William Howard Taft picked up the state’s four electoral votes to help him win the presidency. Of 94,000 state voters, Taft scooped up over 57,000 votes. The other four candidates split the rest of […]

  • Matt Cullen

    Today is the birthday of Matt Cullen, an NHL hockey player in his 19th season. He has played for 8 different NHL teams, and twice his teams were Stanley Cup champions, including last season when he scored four goals in the playoffs for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Cullen grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota, but he’s now […]

  • Hidden Gold Coins Found By James P. Kenyon

    For thousands of years, poor people across the globe have hidden gold and silver coins to keep them safe from robbers or because they did not trust banks. On this date, in 1916, the Bismarck Tribune told a fascinating tale about James P. Kenyon and a treasure-trove his wife had concealed from him for twenty […]

  • NHPA- Haunting

    The National Historic Preservation Act was created fifty years ago, and among the treasures preserved are many older buildings that come with interesting histories, superstitions, and… this being Halloween… things that go bump in the night. The Former Governors’ Mansion in Bismarck is a large, Victorian mansion built in 1884. Some have claimed to hear […]