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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 east— across the Red River of the North and the Bois de Sioux River— 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."

Wild Prairie Rose pix
State Flower
Wild Prairie Rose

Capitol City: Bismarck, ND
State Motto: Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable

Nickname: 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

County Map

North Dakota History Timeline

Governors of North Dakota

State Facts and Trivia

State Officials in 1913

The Naming of ND Counties

County Mayors in 1913

Famous North Dakotans

School Superintendents, 1906

Cities and Towns

Gazetteer of Pioneers in ND Previous to 1862

1870 Mortality Schedule for Not Yet Organized Counties

Military Records
New! - 1883 Pensioners for Extinct Counties

"Insane Laws" of ND and the Asylum at Jamestown

State-related Newspaper Stories

Newspapers in 1913



1860 Census Organization

Map of Dakota Forts

1860 Federal Census Transcription
of the Dakota Territory on the Red River (Currently Richland County)

1880 Mortality Index
of the Reservation

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State Bird
Western Meadowlark


Surrounding States

South Dakota


Montana Genealogy and History

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