Trails to the Past

North Dakota

McKenzie County








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McKenzie County was first created by the 1883 Dakota Territory legislature but eliminated in 1891 due to a lack of settlement. The county was then recreated by the 1905 state legislature, with the county government first organizing on April 20, 1905. The name comes from early North Dakota politician Alexander McKenzie. Before becoming Watford City, the county seat was Alexander from 1905 to 1907 and Schafer from 1907 to 1941
The Cities of McKenzie County are Alexander, Arnegard, and Watford City.  Unincorporated communities are Cartwright, Charbonneau, Grassy Butte, Keene, Rawson, Shafer, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and the Little Missouri National Grassland.  Other census designated places are those of Four Bears Village, and Mandaree.
On Line Data




    Antelope Creek
    Blue Butte
    Elm Tree
    Grassy Butte
    Twin Valley

Elk, Poe, and Wilbur townships merged January 1, 2002 to form Tri Township.


Adjacent counties

Williams County (north)
Mountrail County (northeast)
Dunn County (southeast)
Billings County (south)
Golden Valley County (south)
Wibaux County, Montana (southwest)
Richland County, Montana (west)

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