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  • Fort Berthold’s Early Years

    The early years of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation took a major toll on the lives of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people. The federal government created the reservation in 1870 and named it after a nearby frontier fort. The government forced assimilation into the Euro-American way of life, putting natives on allotments of land […]

  • First Radio Broadcast

    Margaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” On this date in 1981, a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens were excited to begin changing their piece of the world in North Dakota. Today marks the […]

  • Sully Springs, A Badlands Ghost Town

    When you think of “Ghost Towns,” you think of empty buildings and lost hopes.  Interestingly, the State Historical Society of North Dakota has an actual “Ghost Town Index.” This index has a file-card for a place named “Sully Springs.”  If anyone would travel to the Billings County location, one would, logically-enough, find nothing there – […]

  • Electric Cars in North Dakota

    Automobiles changed life in America about as much as any invention of the 1900s.   In a rural state like North Dakota, the long distances made automobiles a particularly welcome improvement over horse and buggy. Early on, there were three types of autos available – powered by steam, electricity, or gasoline, and it was not immediately […]

  • Rural Post Offices

    The early days of North Dakota saw a boom as the railroad and settlement both grew. Many towns we know today grew from the tiny communities plopped down by the railroad tracks. Like Thorne, North Dakota, the rival of Dunseith south of the Turtle Mountains. The town’s post office was established today in 1905, along […]

  • 200 Active Drilling Rigs

    Boom and bust is a cycle that truly defines North Dakota’s state history. From settlement to agriculture to weather, North Dakota knows good times and bad. The state’s oil industry is a classic example. At the beginning of this decade, active drilling rigs in the state were on the upswing. The state passed 100 rigs […]

  • Land Rush

    The town of Plaza, North Dakota was founded in 1906.  The town grew quickly, and businessmen in the town wanted to purchase nearby land on the Berthold Indian Reservation.  They reasoned that with the bison gone, the Indians did not need large expanses of land for hunting.  There were many thousands of acres on the […]

  • Resignation Rumors

    In late summer of 1921, there was a great deal of contention surrounding North Dakota’s political situation.  It was rumored that Governor Lynn Frazier was about to resign before a recall election could take place.  On this date in ‘21, Frazier declared that the rumors were “an invention pure and simple.”  He called such talk […]

  • Dogtooth and Smoke

    In 1909, a Mandan Pioneer article read, “Hurrah for Dogtooth, it has a great outlook for a thriving metropolis…” These days, there’s nothing left but a grassy knoll. Dogtooth was the third stagecoach station on the 1876 trail between Bismarck and Deadwood. It was given its name because a nearby range of sandstone buttes were […]

  • Historic Sites Act of 1935

    Fifty years ago the National Historic Preservation Act was created to help preserve the diverse archaeological and architectural treasures of America. Approved in October of 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act was important in that it provided for the preservation of significant historical features through a grant-in-aid program to the States.  It also established a […]

  • Hebron Brick

    In the early years of white settlement in North Dakota, there was a severe shortage of building materials, which is why many people made their homes from prairie sod. In some areas of the state, however, a good grade of clay was discovered, and within a few years, at least 18 brick factories sprung up. […]

  • Dean Kutz, Jockey Extraordinaire

    Today is the birthday of a North Dakota hero who is largely unknown here at home. Born in 1958, Dean Kutz grew up in Carrington and went on to become one of the finest jockeys in America, with more than 2,800 career victories. As a child, Kutz suffered frostbite that left his fingers disfigured. The […]

  • Buck Cleven, Bomber Pilot

    Gale “Buck” Cleven was born on a homestead near Lemmon, South Dakota, along the Grand River.  From there, Buck and his family moved to Wyoming. After Cleven finished High School and several years at the University of Wyoming, he decided to join the Army Air Force and was a bomber pilot when the US entered […]

  • Glaring Headlights Caused Bad Car Accidents

    As long as there have been automobiles, there have been crashes.  Car crashes might be called “accidents,” but almost all crashes are really caused by human error – collisions with skunks, deer, trees, mailboxes, telephone poles, rocks, and most commonly, other cars. Back in the day, roads were often just gravel – dusty, rutted, and […]

  • WWI Posters

    In 1916, war was raging in Europe.  Newspapers and magazines carried graphic accounts of the horrific events as they unfolded. Some of those publications promoted American isolationism, but another popular medium of the day encouraged military service.   In the era before radio and television, perhaps the most striking communication device was the poster.   With […]

  • Buck O’Neil

    Barnstorming baseball teams crisscrossed N.D. from the 1890s through the 1950s; and the “Hard Times” of the 1930s brought many African-American players, including Satchel Paige, to North Dakota – partly because the major and minor leagues had banned them.  It is a little-known fact that “Buck” O’Neil was among those black ballplayers, playing in Dunseith, […]

  • North Dakota Aviation Pioneers

    North Dakota has had no shortage of aviation heroes.  Carl Ben Eielson was a daring pilot, one of two men to fly over both Polar Regions in the same year.  He was killed in an air crash in Siberia.  Another aviator, Florence Klingensmith was inspired to fly by Charles Lindbergh’s visit to Fargo in 1928. […]

  • Walter Chaloner

    Along Highway 85 south of Watford City, you’ll find the entrance to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The signs are hard to miss, unlike the nearby rock memorial to a teenage boy who’s now remembered in local lore. Walter Chaloner was rounding up stray horses on his family’s ranch one Saturday when […]

  • Clementsville and the Woychik Girls

    Clementsville, North Dakota, located in Stutsman County, got its start as a railroad station established by the Midland Continental Railroad. Situated in Rose Township, the town was approximately seven miles north of Spiritwood and about a mile west of the Barnes County border. Clementsville was named for an English stockholder with the railroad. However, town […]

  • Prison Twine Manufacturing Plant

    The State Penitentiary in Bismarck is a necessary evil. We wish there was no need for a prison, but criminals exist and must be arrested.  The penitentiary was intended as a place where convicts should repent and experience rehabilitation. But a question arose after the State Penitentiary opened in 1885:  How can governments really transform […]