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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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Wells County, North Dakota

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Wells County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 4,207. Its county seat is Fessenden. The county was created by the 1872-73 territorial legislature and named after Edward Payson Wells, a Jamestown banker, early promoter of the James River Valley, and member of the legislature in 1881. The county government was organized on August 28, 1884. The county seat was Sykeston from 1884 to 1894, after which time Fessenden was given the title.

Etymology - Origin of Wells County Name

renamed by the 1881 session for Edward Payson Wells of Jamestown (1847-1936), a banker and early promoter of the James River Valley as well as a member of the legislature during 1881.

Demographics:

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Wells County History

Created by the 1872-73 territorial legislature and renamed by the 1881 session for Edward Payson Wells of Jamestown (1847-1936), a banker and early promoter of the James River Valley as well as a member of the legislature during 1881. Government organized: August 28, 1884. County Seat: Sykeston, 1884-1894; Fessenden 1894-present.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,290 square miles (3,300 km2), of which 1,271 square miles (3,290 km2) is land and 19 square miles (49 km2) (1.5%) is water

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Benson County (north)
  • Eddy County (east)
  • Foster County (east)
  • Stutsman County (southeast)
  • Kidder County (south)
  • Sheridan County (west)
  • Pierce County (northwest)

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