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North Dakota Counties

There are fifty-three counties in the state of North Dakota. Pembina County was created by the 1866-1867 Dakota territorial legislature, and was organized on August 12, 1867. The city of Pembina, the oldest European-American settlement in the state, was the county seat from 1867 to 1911. The seat was relocated to Cavalier.

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Billings County, North Dakota

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Billings County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 783, making it the second-least populous county in North Dakota. Its county seat and only incorporated place is Medora.

The Territorial legislature authorized Billings County in 1879, naming it for Northern Pacific Railway president Frederick H. Billings. It was organized seven years later, on May 4, 1886, at a meeting in Medora. The county's area was later reduced by erecting new counties: Golden Valley County in 1912 and Slope County in 1915

Etymology - Origin of Billings County Name

Named for Frederick H. Billings (1823-1890), an attorney, financier and railroad operator from Vermont, president of the Northern Pacific Railroad, 1879-1881.

Demographics:

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Billings County History

Created by the 1879 territorial legislature and named for Frederick H. Billings (1823-1890), an attorney, financier and railroad operator from Vermont, president of the Northern Pacific Railroad, 1879-1881. Government organized: May 4, 1886. County Seat: Medora, 1886-present.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,153 square miles (2,990 km2), of which 1,149 square miles (2,980 km2) is land and 4.6 square miles (12 km2) (0.4%) is water. The South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park lies in the central part of the county, just north of Medora.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • McKenzie County (north)
  • Dunn County (northeast)
  • Stark County (east)
  • Slope County (south)
  • Golden Valley County (west)

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