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The Homestead Act, beginning in 1862, drew many settlers to the opportunities of the West, opening up millions of acres to citizens who could prove-up the land. With time, a variety of changes occurred, including the addition of a Desert Land Act, which was passed in 1877. This law was to encourage and promote development of land that would otherwise be considered less than ideal. Individuals applying for a desert-land entry were expected to irrigate the claimed land to make it useful.

Around the turn of the century, as the automobile grew in popularity and importance, Glidden tours were established. These were long-distance reliability runs for automobiles. The last of those tours came in July of 1913, with a route that passed through North Dakota on the way from Minneapolis to Glacier Park in Montana.

Bismarck Baseball

Jun 28, 2018

On this date in 1920, baseball was the hot topic in Bismarck. The city’s semi-pro baseball team was gearing up for action after their "championship team" had been disbanded in 1917 due to World War I.  Now back together and on solid financial grounds, the team wanted to garner interest to keep the team playing.

First Female

Jun 21, 2018

On this date in 1916, Esther Marie Jack from Williams County made history; she was the first female to graduate from the University of North Dakota’s college of engineering.

Senator Johnson

May 30, 2018

In October 1909, North Dakota U.S. Senator Martin Nelson Johnson passed away in his suite at the Gardner hotel in Fargo. He had undergone nasal surgery, and was recovering when he had an attack attributed to Bright's disease, which he had been battling for more than twenty years.

Earlier this month, we heard about the retired bronze figurehead from the bow of the USS North Dakota, which had been sent to the state to be preserved and put on display. It was agreed that North Dakota would receive the figurehead as a perpetual loan, paying only $73 to ship 3,240-pound object.

In March of 1916, snowfall combined with a spring thaw caused rising water and ice along the Missouri and Little Muddy rivers. In the midst of these conditions, a herd of deer became stranded on river ice outside of Williston


In February of 1918, residents of Crosby had a lot to celebrate; they were dedicating the new Divide County Courthouse. The building was given its formal housewarming on this date.

Tag your shovel day

Jan 30, 2018

During the Great War, many items were needed for the troops fighting halfway across the world. This put a strain on items back on the home front – so limits and strictures were placed on items such as foods, metal, and fuel. In a program to encourage conservation, on this date in 1918, North Dakota observed "tag your shovel day" in cooperation with the US Fuel Administration.


Women have been serving as police officers for more than a century in the United States. While the earliest of these women is not known, there are records that show a Marie Owens on duty with the Chicago Police Department in the 1890s.