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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.

Adams County, North Dakota

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Adams County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 2,343. The county seat is Hettinger. The county was created on April 17, 1907 and organized one week later. It was named after John Quincy Adams (1848 - 1919), a railroad official for the Milwaukee Road Railroad and distant relative of US President John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848).

Etymology - Origin of Adams County Name

Named for John Quincy Adams (1848-1919)


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Adams County History

Created by official proclamation of Gov. John Burke on April 17, 1907, from the southern portion of Hettinger County. Named for John Quincy Adams (1848-1919). General Land and Townsite Agent for Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Ry., whose main line to the Pacific Coast was built through southwestern North Dakota during 1906-1907. Government organized: April 24, 1907. County Seat: Hettinger, 1907-present.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 989 square miles (2,560 km2), of which 988 square miles (2,560 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Hettinger County (north)
  • Grant County (northeast)
  • Sioux County (east)
  • Perkins County, South Dakota (south)
  • Harding County, South Dakota (southwest)
  • Bowman County (west)
  • Slope County (northwest)


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