These 7 Photos Of North Dakota In The 1960s Are Mesmerizing

We’ve showcased photographs from the 1950s and the 1970s, and now we’re going to fill in the time between with the 1960s. The decade was a tumultuous one, to say the least. Social trends took a wild spin through anything from music to TV to clothes to pretty much everything else. At the beginning of the decade, getting a human into the upper atmosphere was a big deal; by the end of the decade, we had men on the moon. The amount of headlines made in the 60s that will never be forgotten is definitely one of the highest in that century. Explore what your state was doing in that time through these fascinating old photos of North Dakota:

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It’s always fun to look back at old photos of North Dakota that bring back memories of how things used to be. The state has gone through changes like everywhere else and luckily the history of North Dakota was well documented in photos. Other than revisiting the 50s through the 70s, we’ve also gone back to the very earliest days and compared places in the state back then to how they look now. You should definitely check out these 7 then and now comparisons – some places have changed a lot!

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Old Photos Of North Dakota

February 28, 2020

How has North Dakota changed over the years?

North Dakota in the 1960s isn’t the same as North Dakota today. While there is still a lot of the same structures and way of life, the state’s urban centers have continued to grow and while some of the small towns were growing back then, they may have been entirely lost to history now. North Dakota has also attempted to change its nickname a few times – being called the Roughrider State just after the 1960s in 1971 to promote tourism, for example. Still, you can find plenty of parts of past decades all throughout the state, like retro businesses and historic sites.

What are the oldest attractions in North Dakota?

A couple of the vintage photos of North Dakota here show the construction of Dakota Thunder, the “World’s Largest Buffalo” statue in Jamestown. There are quite a few attractions that have been around even longer than that. The Bagg Bonanza Farm in the tiny town of Mooreton is one of the last remaining true bonanza farms of the early 1900s, and you can tour it yourself. The oldest still-standing structure in the state is the Gingras Trading Post, near Walhalla, part of a historic site open to the public, that was built in the 1840s. It’s been around longer than North Dakota has even been North Dakota!

What unique words and phrases do people in North Dakota say?

These old photos of North Dakota might have reminded you of the lingo of the past. North Dakotans have their own vernacular that may stump people from other states but is perfectly understandable here. German is a very influential language in the state because a large portion of the population descended from German immigrants. Phrases like “uff da” are common, or terms such as “kuchen,” meaning a type of cake and pronounced “kuh-gen.” Puppy chow is another food term that might throw out-of-staters for a loop when North Dakotans say they love eating it, but they don’t mean dog food – they mean a popular and tasty, crunchy snack.

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