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Emmons County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 3,550. Its county seat has been Linton since 1899. The county was created by the 1879 territorial legislature and named for James A. Emmons (1845-1919), a steamboat operator and early Bismarck merchant and entrepreneur. It was organized on November 9, 1883.
Named for James Emmons (1845-1919), a steamboat operator and early Bismarck merchant and entrepreneur
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Created by the 1879 territorial legislature and named for James Emmons (1845-1919), a steamboat operator and early Bismarck merchant and entrepreneur Government organized: November 9, 1883. County Seat: Williamport 1883-1899, Linton, 1899-present.
Emmons County was established before the state of North Dakota. The county was originated by an act of territorial legislation during
February 1879. However, it was not officially organized until November 9, 1883. It was named for James A. Emmons, who was a steamboat
navigator from Virginia and merchant in Bismarck.
The first settlers of Emmons County came from parts of Europe and the eastern United States. The earliest were mostly soldiers discharged from Fort Yates, but civilians began arriving in the 1880s. Two large ethnic groups soon developed: Germans from both Russia and Germany (the latter called Reich Germans) and Hollanders who had come from the eastern United States. The Hollanders lived only in the southwestern part of the county while the Germans settled throughout the area.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,555 square miles (4,030 km2), of which 1,510 square miles (3,900 km2) is land and 45 square miles (120 km2) (2.9%) is water
Bordering counties are as follows: