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  • Bowbells Booty Hunters

    The residents of Bowbells and the surrounding area were armed with shovels in 1908 and determined to find buried treasure. A story from the late 1800s had been revived, claiming a paymaster for the Hudson’s Bay Company was robbed in Canada while delivering salaries to men at several trading posts. The loot was rumored to […]

  • Make Way for New Town

    On this date in 1950, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the town site of New Town, North Dakota. A furrow of earth was cut on the future Main Street for the town, which was being created out of the certainty that the Garrison Reservoir would flood other towns along the Missouri River. About 900 […]

  • No Fish in Devils Lake

    Anyone who knows anything about fishing knows that Devils Lake is one of the premier fishing lakes in our region. In fact, the Devils Lake website proclaims it has “world class fishing.” Strangely, it was not always this way, for there was a time when no game fish lived in Devils Lake, only miserable minnows […]

  • The Last Spike

    The Northern Pacific was the second transcontinental railroad.  President Lincoln signed the charter in 1864.  Investors from the northeast and Chicago were eager to build a railroad linking the Great Lakes to the American northwest.  Josiah Perham was the force behind the effort, but he had difficulty getting it financed.  In 1866, with a construction […]

  • Troubled Model T Owner

    In 1999, Ford’s Model T was voted Car of the Century. It won out over the Mini of Britain, which took runner up, followed by the Citroen DS, the Volkswagen Beetle, and the Porsche. The pick was made by a board consisting of 126 auto experts from 32 different countries, calling themselves the Global Automotive […]

  • Frances Densmore

    In the summer of 1912, two peculiar figures trekked across the Ft. Berthold Reservation wearing high-collared dresses and heavy petticoats in the hot summer sun.  Ms. Frances Densmore and her sister Margaret stuck out like a sore thumb as they hauled ungainly machinery such as a typewriter, a phonograph, and camera equipment across the natives’ […]

  • Wells Lounsberry

    The history of North Dakota includes characters of plucky fortitude as well as individuals of notoriety…and sometimes, these people’s lives intersect.   Col. Lounsberry was well-known in the state for his influence and business sense. He served in the civil war and carried “a bullet from the battle of Bull Run.” In 1873, he established […]

  • Return to The Elkhorn Ranch

    On this date in 1890, Theodore Roosevelt returned to Medora for his last substantial visit to his Elkhorn Ranch. Arriving with his wife Edith, two sisters and three other companions, the party was met with heavy rain at the train station. Roosevelt’s ranch managers Sylvane Ferris and Bill Merrifield were there to meet them.   […]

  • Oakes’ Origin

    Oakes, North Dakota was founded on this date in 1886. Drawing its name from a Northern Pacific Railroad official, engineers platted the Dickey County town two weeks later, and four weeks after organizing, Oakes became a Northwestern Railroad station. One month later, town lots went up for sale, ranging from less than $150 to more […]

  • Turkey Track Trouble

    William Molash – better known as Turkey Track Bill – had a bad day about this date in 1912. It started off okay. In fact, he and a group of friends were partying it up pretty good. Turkey Track had set up an illegal saloon, or blind pig, on Morris Carlson’s deserted ranch a short […]

  • Wells County Comes Together

    The government of Wells County, North Dakota was organized on this date in 1884. The county was created 11 years earlier by the legislative session and named after fur trader Antoine Blanc Gingras. In 1881, Gingras County was renamed Wells County after Jamestown banker and legislator Edward Payson Wells.   Sitting in the center of […]

  • Illegal Fishing With Nets, 1914

    There was a time in Dakota Territory, when the bounty of nature seemed limitless, with countless buffalo, ducks and geese, along with endless grasslands and enough lignite-coal to last for centuries.  Even fish, in rivers, streams and lakes, appeared to be over-abundant, as it was written in 1885, of Devils Lake – its “supply of […]

  • War Fashions

    As the summer of 1941 passed by, the United States was still not at war.  That would come on December 8th, after Pearl Harbor.  But even though the country was still at peace, war was looming.  Canada announced that women could join the armed forces, although there was no plan to send them overseas.  In […]

  • Arthur Wales, The King of Piano Tuners

       They called him the “King of Piano Tuners,” and he was known as the best man to tune pianos in North Dakota many decades ago.     His name was Arthur Wales and he came to Fargo in 1891 to keep the pianos in Dakota in tune.  In that era, a piano was often the […]

  • Hidatsa Chief Drags Wolf

    The death of Hidatsa Chief Drags Wolf took place on this date in 1943. Only months before, he had vowed he would die before he watched his people’s land destroyed by the Garrison Dam – and he was true to his word. Drags Wolf was born in 1862 to Chief Crow Flies High and Peppermint […]

  • Sine Die

    In the waning days of the convention, the last of the major concerns were addressed.  Suffrage was partially adopted, with women voting in school-related elections only.  The Australian ballot issue, which involved printed ballots private voting, was sidestepped when E. A. Williams provided a substitute clause that required the legislature to pass legislation ensuring the […]

  • Defining “The Color Line” in North Dakota’s History

    The famous leader of the early civil rights movement in the US, W.E.B. DuBois said: “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” The divisions in America that came from slavery continued long after human bondage ended with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The color line dividing black and […]

  • The Last Quiet Day

    On this date in 1862, the Civil War was raging.  Battles had recently been fought at Memphis, Gaines Mill, and Malvern Hill.  But at Fort Abercrombie in North Dakota, it was just another dull day of sentry duty, herding cattle, and hauling water.  The Gateway to the West was far from the combat — no […]

  • Let’s Be Professional

    Today there is much hoot and holler about what a feminist is and what that means. While few Americans call themselves a feminist, most actually do support equality for the sexes, but that support wasn’t always so popular.  It took some courage for early feminists to take a stand, but they achieved a great deal. […]

  • Sheheke

    Two hundred and nine years ago this week, the Lewis and Clark expedition was back in familiar and friendly territory. They were on their return trip from the Pacific to St. Louis and had stopped for a few days to renew acquaintances with their Mandan and Hidatsa friends at the Knife River Indian villages. The […]