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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.

McHenry County, North Dakota

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McHenry County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 5,395. Its county seat is Towner.

The Territorial legislature formed McHenry County in 1873 from part of Bottineau County. The name comes from James McHenry, an early settler of Vermillion, South Dakota. The county government was first organized on October 15, 1884. Before becoming Towner in 1886, the county seat was Villard from 1884 to 1885 and Scriptown from 1885 to 1886. Both former seats are now ghost towns.

McHenry County is part of the Minot, ND Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of McHenry County Name

Named for James McHenry, an early settler of Vermillion, South Dakota.


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McHenry County History

Created by the 1872-73 territorial legislature and named for James McHenry, an early settler of Vermillion, South Dakota. Government organized: October 15, 1884. County Seat: Villard, 1884-1885; Scriptown, 1885-1886; Towner 1886-present.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,912 square miles (4,950 km2), of which 1,874 square miles (4,850 km2) is land and 38 square miles (98 km2) (2.0%) is water

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Bottineau County (north)
  • Pierce County (east)
  • Sheridan County (southeast)
  • McLean County (southwest)
  • Ward County (west)
  • Renville County (northwest)


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