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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]