North Dakota

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Abbreviation ND
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Bismarck
Population 672,591
Source: 2010 Demographic Profile -- U.S. Census Bureau
Governor Jack Dalrymple (Republican, to December 2016)
Entered the Union November 2, 1889
as the 39th state
Motto Liberty and union, now and forever: one and inseparable
Nickname The Sioux State, The Flickertail State, The Peace Garden State
Flower Wild prairie rose
Bird Western meadowlark
Song North Dakota Hymn
Professional Sports Teams No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name From the Sioux tribe, meaning allies
Historical Sites Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
Points of Interest International Peace Garden, the State capital at Bismarck, the Badlands, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Bordering States North Dakota borders Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Canada to the North.
Flag North Dakota's flag

Follow these links to read articles about North Dakota from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: North Dakota
    http://www.50states.com/ndakota.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about North Dakota. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in North Dakota
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/ND/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about North Dakota's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: North Dakota Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/nd
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions.
  • RealND.com: the Real North Dakota Project
    http://www.realnd.com
    RealND.com strives to promote North Dakota to the world by offering web viewers the chance to experience immersive and interactive 360-degree virtual tours of the "real" North Dakota.
  • The North Dakota State Heritage Center Museum Virtual Tour Map
    http://www.realnd.com/heritagecentermap.htm
    Visit more than a dozen virtual tours of the North Dakota State Heritage Center on this site, a part of North Dakota's "Real North Dakota Project".
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: North Dakota
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/38000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in North Dakota.
  • North Dakota is the most rural of all the states, with farms covering more than 90% of the land.
  • The official drink of North Dakota is milk.
  • Dedicated in 1932, the Peace Garden celebrates the good relations between the U.S. and Canada.
  • Farther from a moderating body of water than any other state, ND is an extreme example of "continental climate". The temperatures range from -20° F (-29° C) to 90° F (32° C).
  • The state is a bird watcher's paradise, with some 365 species of commonly seen songbirds, shorebirds, birds of prey, wading birds, upland birds, and more nesting waterfowl than any other state.
  • The waters of Devil's Lake, the largest natural body of water in ND, are spring-fed and cover more than 70,000 prairie acres.
  • Writing Rock, near Grenora, is a large glacial boulder covered with Indian picture writing.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Louis L'Amour (1908-1988), author known for his vivid descriptions of frontier life.
  • Sacajawea or Sakakawea (1784-1884?), Shoshoni Indian woman who, with her husband Toussaint Charbonneau, served as interpreter and guide for the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
  • Norman Kittson (1814-1888), fur trader and transportation entrepreneur. His ventures helped open the Red River Valley to settlement.
  • William H. Gass (1924- ), writer and philosopher. He wrote Omensetter's Luck and a book of short stories called In the Heart of the Heart of the Country.