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North Dakota
( The Peace Garden State / The Sioux State )
North Dakota Map North Dakota got its name from the Dakota division of the Sioux Indians who lived on the plains before the Europeans arrived. "Dakota" means "friend." In 1889, North Dakota was admitted to the Union as the 39th state. On the same day, South Dakota was admitted. North Dakota lies in the center of the North American continent. It is mainly a farm state and most of its industries (food processing and farm equipment) are connected to farming. Farms and ranches stretch from the flat Red River Valley, in the east, across rolling plains, to the rugged Badlands in the west. North Dakota's crisp autumn days attract hunters to streams and lakes where migrating fowl pause on their way south. Summer visitors to the state enjoy the exciting rodeos that are held in numerous communities and colorful Indian ceremonies that are conducted on reservations in the state. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in North Dakota include: Angie Dickinson,

The Flag of North Dakota
North Dakota state flag Entered the Union in 1889 as the 39th State; flag adopted in 1911. A military flag with a modified version of the United States coat of arms was carried by the Dakota Territorial Guard and later the North Dakota National Guard. The State flag is a modified version of those banners.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Fargo, 90,599; Bismarck, 55,532; Grand Forks, 49,321; Minot, 36,567; Mandan, 16,718; Dickinson, 16,010; Jamestown, 15,527; West Fargo, 14,940; Williston, 12,512; Wahpeton, 8,586
Business and Trade in North Dakota
Agriculture: Wheat, cattle, barley, sunflowers, milk, sugar beets.

Industries: Food processing, machinery, mining, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Western Meadowlark
  • Flower: Wild Prairie Rose (rosa arkansana)
  • Tree: American Elm (ulmus americana)
  • Song(s): North Dakota Hymn
  • Motto: Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable

North Dakota Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Lewis and Clark State Park - Epping
Doyle Memorial State Recreation Area - Ft. Ransom
Ft. Stevenson State Park - Garrison
Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge - Devils Lake
Lake Zahl National Wildlife Refuge - Zahl
capital  Capital: Bismarck

statehood  Statehood: 1889-11-02

population  Population:
642,200 (9.3 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 70,699.79
    Water 1,723.86
    Land 68,975.93
    Rank 17th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In North Dakota, there are 289,677 housing units, averaging to 4.2 per sq mile.

Posters and Artwork
Snow Angels Record, Bismarck, North Dakota
Snow Angels Record, Bismarck, North Dakota
Photographic Print 12" x 16"
Prairie Dog in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
Photographic Print 16" x 12"
Nature's Pulpit, Badlands, North Dakota
Art Print 13" x 18"
Texas Longhorn, North Dakota Badlands
Photographic Print 12" x 16"
Dog Lying in Grassy Field in North Dakota
Photographic Print 12" x 16"
Red River of the North Aerial, near Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Photographic Print 16" x 12"

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