Life in North Dakota is centered around two things: farming and ranching. With more than 90 percent of the land within the state used for either of those things, that comes as no surprise. It is the top industry in the state by a mile. In the east river valleys, much of the land is used for crops thanks to its exceptionally fertile soil. In the rugged terrain of the west, ranching is more prominent. And where you have ranches, you have cowboys. This has been the case for decades and still lives on strong today, and you can see this history for yourself at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.

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The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame is open daily through summer and fall. It closes for the season in mid-December. They often have special events and live presentations, so check out their website or their Facebook page to see what’s going on at the museum.

Take a trip to the past through these old photographs in North Dakota showing the ranch life that many of us still know and experience today.

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