North Dakotans are very familiar with small towns all over the state, but have you heard of these itty-bitty towns? According to the United States Census Bureau, these are the smallest towns in North Dakota, all with populations of less than 100!
1. Great Bend
Richland County, population of approximately 59. Great Bend is located in southeast North Dakota on the banks of the Wild Rice River. George Warner, a German immigrant, founded it in 1888.
Pembina County, population of approximately 60. Though officially founded in 1882 when the railroad reached there, the post office in Hamilton had been in operation since three years prior in 1879.
Ward County, population of approximately 61. Douglas was founded in 1906 and is part of the Minot Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Kidder County, population of approximately 61. Dawson was named after its founder, J. Dawson Thompson, who founded it in 1882- a year after the town's first and only post office was built.
5. Sentinel Butte
Golden Valley County, population of approximately 62. Sentinel Butte gets its name from a nearby butte and was founded in 1902 when the Northern Pacific transcontinental railroad came through.
Richland County, population of approximately 62. The only reason Mantador became a town is because of a railroad company's law requiring a train depot to be built every 9 miles down the track. Mantador was originally one of these depots before growing into a small town, officially founded in 1893.
Golden Valley County, population of approximately 68. Golva was founded in 1915 when homesteaders came through as well as the Northern Pacific Railroad. The last remaining homesteader, Mrs. George Emma Geary, died in 1978, two years before the first and only tree found in the area, giving the area the name of Lone Tree Township, died as well.
Pierce County, population of approximately 65. The geographical center of the entire North American continent is 6 miles west of Balta. However, Rugby holds the fame of being the center town since Balta is so small. The actual center of the continent is closer to Balta than Rugby (the center is 15 miles from Rugby).
Emmons County, population of approximately 67. It is named after The Hague in Zuid Holland, the Netherlands. The post office has been in and still is in operation since 1902, when the town was founded.
Cass County, population of approximately 74. Like most of these other small towns, it was founded after a post office was built and the railroad came through. The town was named after Stephen Gardner and officially founded in 1882.
Had you ever heard of any of these small towns before? Ever been to any of them, or do you live in one? What do you love about your small town? Share with us in the comments!