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Brief History....

North Dakota is bordered on the north by the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba; on the west by Montana; on the south by South Dakota; and on the eastó across the Red River of the North and the Bois de Sioux Riveró by Minnesota. The Missouri River flows through the western part of the state, forming Lake Sakakawea behind the Garrison Dam.

Farms and ranches stretch across the rolling plains from the Red River Valley in the east to the rugged Badlands in the west. The geographic center of the North American continent is located near Rugby.

Admitted as a state: November 2, 1889

On March 2, 1861, President James Buchanan signed the bill creating the Dakota Territory, which originally included the area covered today by both Dakotas as well as Montana and Wyoming. The name was taken from that of the Dakota or Sioux Indian Tribe. Beginning about 1877, efforts were made to bring Dakota into the Union as both a single state and as two states. The latter was successful and on November 2, 1889, both North Dakota and South Dakota were admitted. Since President Benjamin Harrison went to great lengths to obscure the order in which the statehood proclamations were signed, the exact order in which the two states entered is unknown. However, because of alphabetical position, North Dakota is often considered the 39th state. Dakota is the Sioux Indian word for "friend."

Capitol City: Bismarck, ND

State Motto: Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable

Peace Garden State - The International Peace Garden straddles the international boundary between North Dakota and the Canadian province of Manitoba. In 1956 the North Dakota Motor Vehicle Department, on its own initiative, placed the words Peace Garden State on license plates; the name proved so popular that it was formally adopted by the 1957 legislature.

State Data

Military Records
New! - 1883 Pensioners for Extinct Counties



Adams County

Barnes County

Benson County

Billings County

Bottineau County

Bowman County

Burke County

Burleigh County

Cass County

Cavalier County

Dickey County

Divide County

Dunn County

Eddy County

Emmons County

Foster County

Golden Valley County

Grand Forks County

Grant County

Griggs County

Hettinger County

Kidder County

LaMoure County

Logan County

McHenry County

McIntosh County

McKenzie County

McLean County

Mercer County

Morton County

Mountrail County

Nelson County

Oliver County

Pembina County

Pierce County

Ramsey County

Ransom County

Renville County

Richland County

Rolette County

Sargent County

Sheridan County

Sioux County

Slope County

Stark County

Steele County
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Stutsman County

Towner County

Traill County
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Walsh County

Ward County

Wells County

Williams County

Allred ∑ Buffalo ∑ Buford ∑ Burbank ∑ Chippewa ∑ Church ∑ De Smet ∑
Flanery ∑ French ∑ Garfield ∑ Gingras ∑ Howard ∑ Kittson ∑ Sheyenne ∑
Stevens ∑ Villard ∑ Wallace ∑ Wallette ∑ Wynn

Cities and Towns 

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State Flower
Wild Prairie Rose

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State Bird
Western Meadowlark



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