North Dakota May 29, 2017
9 Underrated North Dakota Towns That Deserve A Second Look
You hear a lot about the same towns in cities in North Dakota often. The biggest cities like Fargo and Bismarck or Mandan, or the oil towns like Williston. Even certain small towns get a lot of buzz. But there are so many towns in this huge state that get overlooked. As forgotten as some of them may be, these places deserve some recognition! Here are 9 towns, both small and large, that are exactly that:
1. Willow City
This scenic small town is the southern most town in Bottineau County. It is home to just 163 people. It's been around since 1889 and has some beautiful nearby areas.
At just 212 residents, Fordville is pretty small. That doesn't stop it from being a pleasant, thriving community since it was founded in 1905. It is located in Walsh County.
The delightful town of Mott is located in the southwest region of North Dakota in the county of Hettinger. About 721 people live there. It is located right by the Cannonball River, creating some lovely views.
Heading further north on the west side of North Dakota is the county of Divide which is home to the town Crosby. This town has a population just barely over 1,000. The motto of the town is "Come Home To Crosby," and with such a delightful place like this, you'd want to.
5. Glen Ullin
Glen Ullin is a town of 807 people not far from the city of Bismarck. It was founded in 1883 by the railroad. The name of the town has an interesting origin. "Glen" means "valley" in Gaelic, and "Ullin" is from the poem
Lord Ullin's Daughter by Thomas Campbell.
Kulm, otherwise known as "the home of the windfarms," is a wonderful little town of 354 people in LaMoure County. Its motto is "Small Town With A Big Heart," and that certainly is true.
Wilton has an interesting twist in that it is located in two counties - Burleigh and McLean - split along the line. It was founded in 1899 and, unlike most small towns in North Dakota that are shrinking, has been growing in recent years. Between 1980 and 2000, it gained over 500 residents. The population today is 711.
Lidgerwood is a town in Richland County on the east side of North Dakota. It has a true small town charm that its 652 residents enjoy.
Tioga was once known as the "oil capital of North Dakota," but has since lost its thunder to boomtowns from today where more oil is discovered. Still, over 1,200 people live there and call this place home. It is located in Williams County.
What other places in the Peace Garden State do you think deserves to be on this list?
These unusually named towns here in North Dakota might be some of them based on what they are called alone!