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Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

  • Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo is home to North Dakota's oldest PRCA rodeo.

  • From 1934 to 1941, the Civilian Conservation Corps maintained a base camp near Medora to carry out landscaping and restoration work on the 128-acre Chateau de Mores State Historic Site and City Park de Mores, which opened to the public on 7 August 1941 has been.

  • President Theodore Roosevelt first came to Dakota Territory in September 1883 to hunt down bisons. Before returning to New York, he became interested in the cattle business and founded the Maltese Cross Ranch and Elkhorn Ranch.

  • The world famous Paul Broste Rock Museum at Parshall is built from natural granite from the area. The entire building was built in 1965 with voluntary work and opened to the economy. Paul called it his acropolis on a hill.

  • Named after Henry D. Minot, a young businessman visionary from the East, the city of Minot was designed in the late 1800s. With the imminent arrival of the Great Northern Railroad, the city was selected in November 1886. Their phenomenal growth led to the early nickname Magic City.

  • New Leipzig is known as the small, friendly German city on the Dakota Prairie and hosts an annual Oktoberfest.

  • The annual Central North Dakota Steam Threshers Reunion is one of New Rockford's most important annual events. It takes place on the third weekend of September and offers a variety of antique agricultural machines

  • Founded in 1978, Fort Berthold Community College is a tribute-chartered college located in the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation near the city of New Town.

  • Niewoehner Funeral Home in Rugby has changed the skyline of Rugby with the construction of a 30-foot tower with 13 bells. The largest bells, of which there are two, have a diameter of 40 inches and each weigh about 1300 pounds.

  • Only one word is needed to describe the Lake Sakakawea land - big. From the mighty two-mile Garrison Dam near Riverdale to the end of Lake Sakakawea near Williston, Lake Sakakawea is nearly 200 miles long, with a coastline of countless bays and coves covering 1,600 miles.

  • The American elm (Ulmus americana) is the official state tree and is commonly found in North Dakota. The American elm often reaches 120 feet or more.

  • In 1982, Rutland hosted what was considered the grandfather of all celebrations when the city went down in the "Guinness Book of World Records" with the cooking and eating of the world's largest hamburger. This year, between 8 and 10 thousand people came to taste the delicious 3591 pounds of burgers.

  • The rich heritage of Grand Forks is preserved in the Myra Museum, which houses a house from the 1890s dedicated to the pioneers, a school with a room, a coach house and the city's original post office.

  • Turtle Lake celebrates turtles, hard-shelled reptiles that are often found in the water. Turtle Lake has set up a two-ton sculpture of a turtle at the entrance to the city. The city is home to the annual United Turtle Racing Championship.

  • Of the 50 states, North Dakota is 17th with a size of 70,665 square miles. North Dakota is 212 miles long north to south and 360 miles east to west.

  • Lawrence Welk left on his birthday in 1924 his home in Strasbourg to continue his musical career. On July 2, 1955, he made his debut on national television. The Lawrence Welk Show was produced for 26 years and today repeats weekly the popular program Air in the United States and abroad.

  • The Lewis and Clark expedition encountered their first grizzly bear in North Dakota.

  • At the entrance of the North Dakota Heritage Center on the State Capitol in Bismarck stands a 12-foot-high bronze statue of Sakakawea and her young son Baptiste. The statue of Chicago artist Leonard Crunelle shows Sakakawa with her baby strapped on his back and looks west into the land she wanted to open.

  • Located to the southwest of Medora, De Mores State Historic Site recalls the life and activities of North Dakota by Antoine de Vallombrosa, Marquis de Mores, who arrived in 1883. His activities included a beef packing plant, a stagecoach line, a freight forwarding company, a cold run car, cattle and sheep farming, land ownership, and a new city he called Medora.

  • The cairns on White Butte, the highest point of North Dakota, are known as rock Johnnies or shepherds' monuments and were, according to legend, piled up by shepherds to pass the time while guarding their herds.

  • The International Peace Garden borders the international border

  • The city of Rugby is the geographic center of North America. A 15 meter high stone obelisk flanked by flags of the United States and Canada marks the spot.

  • North Dakota adopted a bill in 1987 that made English the official state language.

  • Geologically, Hillsboro is located in a large, shallow and ancient, dried lake surrounded by some of the world's most fertile farmlands.

  • Milk is the official state drink.

  • Westhope on US Highway 83 is an entry port in Canada. Every year, more than 72,000 vehicles pass the border.

  • An attempt to drop the word "North" from the name of the state was rejected by the 1947 Legislative Assembly. Also in 1989, the legislature rejected two resolutions that would rename the state of Dakota.

  • When Dakota Territory was founded in 1861, it was named after the Dakota Indian tribe. Dakota is a Sioux word meaning friends or allies.

  • Dakota Gasification Company in Beulah is the country's only synthetic natural gas producer.

  • Bottineau is the southwestern gateway to the Turtle Mountains, Lake Metigoshe and the International Peace Garden.

  • Petroglyphs carved into two granite cliffs give their name to the historic site of Writing Rock State near Grenora. Although their origins are unclear, the drawings probably represent the Thunderbird, a mythological figure sacred to the Indians of the late prehistoric levels. The outline of the bird, showing its wings and surrounded by abstract patterns, appears on both boulders.

  • The Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba in the north, Minnesota in the east, South Dakota in the south and Montana as the western neighbor bordering on North Dakota.

  • Max G. Taubert of Casselton built a 50-foot pyramid of empty oil cans. It is believed to be the highest oil can structure in the world.

  • Devils Lake is the largest natural body of water in North Dakota. Devils Lake derives its name from the Indian name Miniwaukan. Early explorers mistakenly translated the word Bad Spirit. Strengthened by the many legends of drowned warriors and sea monsters, the name evolved into Devils Lake. This very fertile prairie lake grows many fish known as the zander, pike and white bass. The lake has earned the reputation of Perch Capital of the World.

  • This name Roughrider State originated in a government-sponsored tourism promotion of the 1960s and 1970s. It refers to the first American volunteer cavalry organized by Theodore Roosevelt to fight in the Spanish-American War.

  • Dickinson's Dakota Dinosaur Museum houses twelve dinosaurs, thousands of rocks, minerals and fossils, and a complete Triceratops and Edmontosaurus.

  • Richardton houses the abbey church, a Romanesque oak tree structure. High arches, 52 stained glass windows, 24 paintings of saints on canvas over the arches and a huge carved crucifix draw the impressive interior.

  • The Lone Tree Wildlife Management Area is located southwest of Harvey and consists of 33,000 acres of gently rolling hills on the Sheyenne River.

  • The North Dakota State University research experimental station in Hettinger is the largest state-owned sheep research center in the United States.

  • Sitting Bull's Burial State Historic Site on the western edge of Fort Yates marks the original tomb of the Hunkpapa Sioux leader. During the ghost dance riots of 1890, an attempt was made to arrest him at his home on the Grand River in South Dakota, and there was a skirmish in which Sitting Bull was killed.

  • The largest Buffalo monument in the world is located in the Frontier Village in Jamestown. The structure is 26 feet high, 46 feet long and weighs 60 tons.

  • North Dakota grows more sunflowers than any other state.

  • Founded in 1884, Jamestown College is the state's oldest independent college.

  • Ellendale's oldest attraction is the Opera House. Built in 1909, it has capacity for 1000 guests.

  • Kenmare is the Goose Capital of North Dakota. Kenmare is the hunting port of the north with an annual snowfall of more than 400,000 birds.

  • Flickertail refers to the Richardson ground squirrels, which are abundant in North Dakota. The animal snaps or swings its tail in a characteristic way when running or just before it enters its structure.

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