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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.

Divide County, North Dakota

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Divide County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 2,071. Its county seat is Crosby.

Divide County was formed following a vote at the November 1910 general election to divide Williams County into two counties. This division is the most likely origin of the name, though additional deciding factors[citation needed] may have been the fact that Divide County lies on the continental divide between the watersheds that flow into the Gulf of Mexico and those that flow into Hudson Bay. This county lies on boundaries between the United States and the Canadian border of Saskatchewan. The county government was first organized on December 9, 1910;Crosby has always been the county seat.

Etymology - Origin of Divide County Name

Came into existence as a result of the vote at the November 10 general election which divided Williams County, hence the name.


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Divide County History

Came into existence as a result of the vote at the November 10 general election which divided Williams County, hence the name. Gov. John Burke officially proclaimed the county's existence on December 6, 1910. Government organized: December 9, 1910. County Seat: Crosby, 1910-present.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,294 square miles (3,350 km2), of which 1,261 square miles (3,270 km2) is land and 33 square miles (85 km2) (2.6%) is water.

Divide County is one of several western North Dakota counties with significant exposure to the Bakken Formation in the Williston Basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Lake Alma No. 8, Saskatchewan (northwest)
  • Souris Valley No. 7, Saskatchewan (north)
  • Cambria No. 6, Saskatchewan (north)
  • Estevan No. 5, Saskatchewan (northeast)
  • Burke County (east)
  • Williams County (south)
  • Sheridan County, Montana (west)


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