Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:41 am, 3:50 pm, 5:44 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public.
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 […]
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, 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]