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  • Golden Valley County

    North Dakota’s Golden Valley County wasn’t officially formed until 1912; however, Beach, which would become the county seat, was established and settled some years earlier. In 1881, the Northern Pacific Railroad built a section house in Beach. Nine years later, settlement really began. In 1902, the post office was established.  In 1908, the village was […]

  • Last Snakebite Death

    One hundred years have passed since the last death from a snakebite in North Dakota on this date in 1915. Four-year-old Helen Moomey was bitten by a rattlesnake while playing with friends near her house in rural Slope County. Her parents called a neighbor from the closest ranch over a mile away, and he drove […]

  • Rough Justice

    “Take that! You will ruin no other man’s child!” Those words echoed through the air after a pistol-shot in the front yard of Michael Murphy’s house in Grand Forks.  The bullet hit Charles Link and he fell, dead. Link, a 25-year-old housepainter, had criminally assaulted Michael Murphy’s six-year-old daughter, and, when Murphy found out, he […]

  • North Dakota Agriculture by the Numbers

    At this time of year, summer is winding down and the North Dakota harvest is in full swing.  Wheat has been harvested.  Soybeans, sunflowers, and corn wait their turn.  When people from outside the state think of North Dakota, they generally think of vast, open prairie.  Even some North Dakotans don’t realize the extent of […]

  • Jay Cooke and Company and the Bonanzas

    When the Northern Pacific asked Jay Cooke’s banking company to be its financial agent in 1865, Cooke was leery of the offer. The railroad was to be the largest enterprise in the country up to that time–larger even than the Erie Canal.   The charter granted Northern Pacific millions of acres of land. Cooke believed […]

  • North Dakota’s Wall of Famer

    North Dakota has no shortage of star athletes.  One is Phil Hansen.  Phillip Allen Hansen was born May 20, 1968 in Ellendale, North Dakota. Phil played for the University of North Dakota.  When he was a senior, professional teams came to watch him work out.  When representatives of the Buffalo Bills arrived, the UND gym […]

  • Bugenhagen Swing Pal

    North Dakotan architect and inventor George Bugenhagen died in 1953. Originally from New York, he came to North Dakota via Saskatchewan in 1916, beginning an architectural practice in Minot. He planned and built numerous buildings in Minot and in neighboring towns, but he was also busy with new inventions.   His patents were many, including […]

  • Winter for State Historic Sites

    Today is the final day to visit many historic sites operated by the State Historical Society of North Dakota before its winter season begins. The state owns 57 sites, and access varies. There are even some sites that never open to visitors. For a number of the sites, the summer season opens May 16. Visitors […]

  • Chahinkapa Park

    Wahpeton, county seat of Richland County, was one of the earliest established sites in North Dakota. The settlement was founded in 1869 as Richville and later renamed Chahinkapa, which was the early Native American name for the site, meaning “end of the woods.” Wahpeton adopted its current name July 24th, 1874. It is derived from […]

  • 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 […]