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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.

Grant County, North Dakota

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Grant County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 2,394. Its county seat is Carson. Until November 28, 1916, Grant County was a part of Morton County. The county was named in honor of General Ulysses S. Grant.

Etymology - Origin of Grant County Name

Named for Ulysses Simpson Grant (1822-1885) President of the United States, 1869-1877.


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Grant County History

Created by the southern portion of Morton County at the November 1916 general election, being officially proclaimed by Gov. Louis B. Hanna on November 24. Named for Ulysses Simpson Grant (1822-1885) President of the United States, 1869-1877. Government organized: November 28, 1916. County Seat: Carson, 1916-present.

Geography: Land and Water

Heart Butte is a prominent geographic feature in Grant County, and the namesake for the nearby Heart Butte Dam.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,666 square miles (4,310 km2), of which 1,659 square miles (4,300 km2) is land and 6.8 square miles (18 km2) (0.4%) is water. Lake Tschida, a US Bureau of Reclamation reservoir and recreation area on the Heart River, is the county's largest body of water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Morton County (northeast)
  • Sioux County (south)
  • Adams County (southwest)
  • Hettinger County (west)
  • Stark County (northwest)


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