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The Short Life of Energy, Part 2


If you were listening yesterday, you heard about a townsite called Energy that was …for lack of better words…getting re-energized on this date in 1910. It had been platted before, in 1885, without success.

The site chosen for Energy was along the Missouri, and was said to overlie beds of coal—a good combination for industry. According to the Bismarck Daily Tribune, the North Dakota Heat and Light Company hoped to build a large power plant there. In fact, it was surmised that lots in Energy would be sold to found a “city of factories.”

Energy’s post office was established in August 8 of 1910, but by the next year, it had closed, and the short life of Energy was at an end.

Dakota Datebook written by Sarah Walker


Bismarck Daily Tribune, Wednesday, July 27, 1910