North Dakota History, Geography, Population, State Facts

The Peace Garden State

Great Seal of the State of North Dakota

Adoptedin 1889.

The North Dakota Great Seal was adopted in 1889. The description reads as follows: A tree in the open field, the trunk of which is surrounded by three bundles of wheat; on the right a plow, anvil and sledge; on the left, a bow crossed with three arrows, and an Indian on horseback pursuing a buffalo toward the setting sun; the foliage of the tree arched by a half circle of forty-two stars, surrounded by the motto Liberty and Union Now and Forever, One and Inseparable; the words Great Seal at the top; the words State of North Dakota at the bottom; October 1st on the left and 1889 on the right.

North Dakota was explored in 1738–1740 by French Canadians led by Sieur de la Verendrye. In 1803, the U.S. acquired most of North Dakota from France in the Louisiana Purchase. Lewis and Clark explored the region in 1804–1806, and the first settlements were made at Pembina in 1812 by Scottish and Irish families while this area was still in dispute between the U.S. and Great Britain. In 1818, the U.S. obtained the northeast part of North Dakota by treaty with Great Britain and took possession of Pembina in 1823. However, the region remained largely unsettled until the construction of the railroad in the 1870s and 1880s.

Capital City: Bismarck

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North Dakota: State of North Dakota Official Web Site

Admission to Statehood: Click for Date & List

Airports: Airports Map • Airport Links

Amtrak: West

Area: 70704 sq.mi, 19th   Land 68994 sq. mi., 17th   Water 1710 sq.mi., 22nd

Area Codes: North Dakota

Biographies: Famous People from North Dakota

Bird: Western Meadowlark

Border States: Regional List  Minnesota •  Montana South Dakota

Cam World: Live Web Cams

Cities & Towns: North Dakota

Climate: North Dakota

Community Pages: North Dakota Cities, Towns, Communities List

Constitution: 39th State .pdf file

County Profile: County Map   53 Counties

Courts: Judicial System

Current Events: North Dakota News Headlines

Department of: Education | North Dakota University System Learn more about North Dakota's 11 public colleges and universities.

Driving: NDDOT

Economy: Agriculture: Wheat, cattle, barley, sunflowers, milk, sugar beets.•  Industry: Food processing, machinery, mining, tourism.

Flag: North Dakota (ND)

Flower: Wild Prairie Rose   Rosa arkansana

Cyndi's List  •  Historical Societies

Geographic Center: Sheridan, 5 miles southwest of McClusky

Geology Maps: North Dakota

Ghost Towns: Ghost Towns

Governor: Office of Governor

Highest Point: White Butte; 3,506 feet, 30th

Highways: North Dakota Highways

History: History Timeline  Historical  

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Kids Corner: State of  North Dakota Kids Site

Library: North Dakota

License Plates: North Dakota

Lottery: North Dakota

Lowest Point: Red River; 750 feet, 45th


Media: Radio •  TV

Motto: Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable.

Museums: The Virtual Library

Name: Dakota is the Sioux Indian word for "friend"

Population: Quick facts   642,200; 47th, 12/00

Real Estate: Every North Dakota City, Town & Community

Representatives: North Dakota House: Members North Dakota Senate: Members •  House:   110th Congress US Senate:   110th Congress

School Directory: North Dakota

Soil: North Dakota - Williams

Song: North Dakota  • 

Sports: North Dakota Teams

State Parks: North Dakota

Symbols: ND Symbols


Travel: North Dakota Travel

Tree: American Elm   Ulmus americana  

Veteran Affairs: North Dakota VA

Visitor Guides: North Dakota North Dakota Travel & Tourism guide.  | North Dakota Parks and Recreation North Dakota Outdoors. | Dakota Prairie Grasslands
Where pristine vistas inspire the imagination.

Weather:  Bismarck, Bismarck Municipal Airport

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Zoo: Dakota Zoo