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North Dakota

Ward County

 

 

 

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Ward County was created by the 1885 Dakota Territory legislature and named for Mark Ward, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Counties during the session. The county government was first organized on November 23, 1885 with Burlington as the county seat. This was changed to Minot in 1888.
Until 1910, Ward County included what is now Burke, Mountrail, and Renville counties; this landmass often being referred to as 'Imperial Ward' County. When Burke and Renville counties were partitioned out of Imperial Ward County, neither wanted to include Kenmare and risk that city becoming the county seat, so Kenmare was left in Ward County at the end of a narrow strip of land


Cities of Ward County are Berthold, Burlington, Carpio, Des Lacs, Donnybrook, Douglas, Kenmare, Makoti, Minot, Ryder, Sawyer and Surrey.  Census designated places are the Minot Air Force Base.  Unincorporated communities are Aurelia which is a ghost town south of Donnybrook, Drady, Foxholm a small community in the Des Lacs Valley north of Burlington, Gassman founded as the Cassman Creek Coulee trestle was being built, now referred to as Trestle Valley.  Hartland a ghost town north of Berthold, Hesnault, Lonetree a small 100 person community northwest of Des Lacs and southwest of Berthold, Logan a small community south of Minot and north of Sawyer in the Souris River Valley, Rice Lake a small community around Rice Lake south of Minot, Rice Lake Park, Ruthville a small community that was created due to the construction of the Minot Air Force Base about a mile north, South Prairie a small community with a modern school, south of Minot, Wolseth a diminishing community south of the Renville County border and Granville. 

Ward County Townships

Afton
Anna
Baden
Berthold
Brillian
Burlington
Burt
Cameron
Carbondale
Carpio
Denmark
Des Lacs
Elmdale
Eureka
Evergreen
Foxholm
Freedom
Gasman
Greely
Greenbush
Harrison
Hiddenwood
Hilton
Iota Flat
Kenmare
Kirkelie
Linton
Lund
Mandan
Margaret
Maryland
Mayland
McKinley
Nedrose
New Prairie
Newman
Orlien
Passport
Ree

 
Rice Lake
Rolling Green
Ruthville
Ryder
St. Marys
Sauk Prairie
Sawyer
Shealy
Spencer
Spring Lake
Sundre
Surrey
Tatman
Tolgen
Torning
Vang
Waterford
Willis

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Adjacent counties
Renville County (north)
McHenry County (east)
McLean County (south)
Mountrail County (west)
Burke County (northwest)

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