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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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Steele County, North Dakota

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Steele County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 1,975. It was established in 1883 by partition of Griggs and Traill counties, and named for businessman Edward H. Steele who was in large part responsible for its creation. Its county seat since 1919 is Finley.

Etymology - Origin of Steele County Name

Named for Edward H. Steele of Minneapolis, Minnesota (1846-1899), secretary-treasurer of the Red River Land Co., which was largely responsible for the county's establishment.

Demographics:

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Steele County History

Created by the 1883 territorial legislature from portions of Griggs and Traill counties. Named for Edward H. Steele of Minneapolis, Minnesota (1846-1899), secretary-treasurer of the Red River Land Co., which was largely responsible for the county's establishment. Government organized: June 13, 1883. County Seat: Hope, 1883-1885; Sherbrooke, 1885-1919; Finley, 1919-present.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 715 square miles (1,850 km2), of which 712 square miles (1,840 km2) is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) (0.5%) is water. It is the second-largest county by land area in North Dakota and the third-largest by total area.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Grand Forks County (north)
  • Traill County (east)
  • Cass County (southeast)
  • Barnes County (southwest)
  • Griggs County (west)
  • Nelson County (northeast)

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