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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Burke County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 1,968. Its county seat is
Bowbells. The county was created in 1910. It is south from the Canadian border of Saskatchewan.
Etymology - Origin of Burke County Name
Created by the proclamation of Gov. John Burke, for whom it is
named, on July 12, 1910, after a contested election and extensive litigation
resulted in its separation from Ward County.
Created by the proclamation of Gov.
John Burke, for whom it is named, on July 12, 1910, after a contested election
and extensive litigation resulted in its separation from Ward County (which covered present-day Burke, Mountrail, Renville, and Ward counties). Burke
(1859-1937) was a politically successful Democrat in an essential Republican
state who served three terms as Governor, 1907-1913, was Treasurer of the United
States in the Woodrow Wilson administration and ended his career as justice of
the state supreme court, 1924-37. Government organized: July 15, 1910. County
Seat: Bowbells, 1910-present.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,129 square miles (2,920 km2), of which 1,104 square miles (2,860 km2)
is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (2.2%) is water.