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History of Bismarck, North Dakota, USA

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Bismarck, North Dakota, USA

Bismarck was originally named Edwinton in 1872, after Edwin L. Johnson, a supporter of the transcontinental railroad. Before that, it was known as Missouri Crossing after the Lewis and Clark Expedition crossed there.

Edwinton had its name changed to Bismarck by the Northern Pacific Railway company in 1873, in honor of Otto Von Bismarck, to attract German investors and immigrant settlers to the region.

Bismarck became the state capital in 1889, when North Dakota was created from Dakota Territory and admitted to the Union.



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  • 1876 - Colonel Clement A. Lounsberry, a Bismarck journalist, won fame for his reporting of the route of General George A. Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ north-dakota.html

  • News 1889 - John Olsen, his wife and three children were drowned on the 2d near Bismarck, D. T., while trying to cross the Missouri river on ice.


    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 9, 1889

  • News 1890 - CONFLAGRATIONS. Incendiarism at Bismarck, N. D.
    BISMARCK, N. D., March 25. - Some one tried to burn up the town this morning. At 2 o'clock an incendiary started a blaze between two empty buildings, ...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Bismark
    Bismarck, a city, the capital of North Dakota and the seat of justice of Burleigh co., is situated on the Missouri River where it is crossed by the...Read MORE...


  • Bismarck, North Dakota, USA
    State Capitol, Bismarck, N.D.
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  • Bismarck, North Dakota, USA
    Missouri River Bridge between Bismarck & Mandan, N. Dak.
    Postcard
  • News 1907 - BADLY BURNED - MRS. KOYER FALLS WITH LIGHTED LAMP SETTING FIRE TO HER CLOTHES - NEIGHBOR EXTINGUISHES FLAMES BY ROLLING HER IN SNOW AND SAVES HER LIFE.
    Mrs. Kooyer, wife of Engineer Kooyer of the 300 road, was the victim Sunday evening of an accident which came near being the cause of her death. She...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Bismarck, a banking city, the capital of North Dakota and the seat of justice of Burleigh oo., is situated on the Missouri River where it is crossed...Read MORE...


  • 1922 - First motor vehicle bridge across Missouri River established at Bismarck

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ndtimeln.htm

  • News 1930 - CAPITOL BUILDING AT BISMARCK, N. DAKOTA, BURNED TO THE GROUND. FIRE STARTS IN STATE ENGINEER'S OFFICE; FLAMES RACING THROUGH STRUCTURE WHEN FIREMEN ARRIVE.
    LOSS OF STATE PAPERS AND DOCUMENTS SO GREAT, CALL ISSUED FOR LEGISLATURE TO MEET AT ONCE.

    INSURANCE POLICIES ON BUILDING TOTAL $600,000; LOSS...Read MORE...


  • Bismarck, North Dakota, USA
    North Dakota State Capitol, Bismarck, No. Dak.
    Postcard
  • 1966 - March - A severe blizzard raged across Minnesota and North Dakota.
    The blizzard lasted four days (March 2-5) producing up to 35 inches of snow, and wind gusting to 100 mph produced snow drifts 30 to 40 feet high....Read MORE...




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Missouri River Bridge between Bismarck & Mandan, N. Dak.
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  • 1876 - Colonel Clement A. Lounsberry, a Bismarck journalist, won fame for his reporting of the route of General George A. Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.

    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ north-dakota.html
  • News  1889 - John Olsen, his wife and three children were drowned on the 2d near Bismarck, D. T., while trying to cross the Missouri river on ice.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 9, 1889
  • News  1890 - CONFLAGRATIONS. Incendiarism at Bismarck, N. D.
    BISMARCK, N. D., March 25. - Some one tried to burn up the town this morning. At 2 o'clock an incendiary started a blaze between two empty buildings, ... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Bismark
    Bismarck, a city, the capital of North Dakota and the seat of justice of Burleigh co., is situated on the Missouri River where it is crossed by the... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - BADLY BURNED - MRS. KOYER FALLS WITH LIGHTED LAMP SETTING FIRE TO HER CLOTHES - NEIGHBOR EXTINGUISHES FLAMES BY ROLLING HER IN SNOW AND SAVES HER LIFE.
    Mrs. Kooyer, wife of Engineer Kooyer of the 300 road, was the victim Sunday evening of an accident which came near being the cause of her death. She... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Bismarck, a banking city, the capital of North Dakota and the seat of justice of Burleigh oo., is situated on the Missouri River where it is crossed... Read MORE...

  • 1922 - First motor vehicle bridge across Missouri River established at Bismarck

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ ndtimeln.htm
  • News  1930 - CAPITOL BUILDING AT BISMARCK, N. DAKOTA, BURNED TO THE GROUND. FIRE STARTS IN STATE ENGINEER'S OFFICE; FLAMES RACING THROUGH STRUCTURE WHEN FIREMEN ARRIVE.
    LOSS OF STATE PAPERS AND DOCUMENTS SO GREAT, CALL ISSUED FOR LEGISLATURE TO MEET AT ONCE.

    INSURANCE POLICIES ON BUILDING TOTAL $600,000; LOSS... Read MORE...

  • 1966 - March - A severe blizzard raged across Minnesota and North Dakota.
    The blizzard lasted four days (March 2-5) producing up to 35 inches of snow, and wind gusting to 100 mph produced snow drifts 30 to 40 feet high.... Read MORE...

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