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The Magic City

The North Dakota state capital is Bismarck.

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58701, 58702, 58703, 58707

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Statistics & Facts

The population of Minot is approximately 40,888 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 16,475 (2000), 17863 (2010).

The amount of land area in Minot is 37.6 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Minot is 14.6 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.01 sq kilometers.
The distance from Minot to Washington DC is 1435 miles. The distance to the North Dakota state capital is 101 miles. (as the crow flies)
Minot is positioned 48.23 degrees north of the equator and 101.29 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Minot elevation is 1,715 feet above sea level.
Minot per capita income is $28,007 (2009).
Minot median income is $46,463 (2009).

The Minot median home price is $127,215 (2009).

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Minot location: only 55 miles from the Canadian border. Minot is 150 miles from Montana, 215 miles from Minnesota and 200 miles from South Dakota. Nearby communities include Burlington, Surrey, Des Lacs, Minot Air Force Base, Sawyer, Deering, Glenburn and Velva.

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Climate & Weather

The weather in Minot is seasonal with warm, dry summers and cold winters. The fall is beautiful with the changing of the leaf colors into beautiful reds and oranges.
Minot average annual precipitation is 7.24 inches per year.
Minot average annual snowfall is 26.00 inches per year.
The average low temperature is (winter) -2, (summer) 58 degrees F.
The average high temperature is (winter) 15, (summer) 82 degrees F.
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History & History Related Items

Minot history:

In 1886, when the Great Northern Railway had great difficulty in building a trestle across Gassman Coulee, they stopped working for the winter. At this spot, a tent city grew up overnight, just like magic, which is where the town got its nickname of Magic City. Within five months, the population grew to over 5,000 further strengthening the city's nickname of being magic.

The railroad chose the townsite and named it after Henry D. Minot, a friend of railroad owner owner, James J. Hill, but also a famous ornithologist and railroad investor. Incorporation took place on 28 June 1887. The Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad later increased their route up to Canada and were convinced by area residents to route it through Minot. The re-route was helped along when the city donated the right of way to the railroad. The growth expanded and many new residents arrived. Along with the expanding population, there also arrived a large amount of criminal activity. From about 1905 until 1920, the area was known as the Crime capital of North Dakota. Things were briefly cleaned up in the 20's, but the enactment of prohibition brought in some of the mob's liquor smuggling operations from Canada.

During the 1950s, Minot Air Force Base was built just north of the city. Also around this same time the Garrison Dam was built on the Missouri River south of Minot.

This history page covers the years of 1920 through 1940. This one covers 1900 - 1920.

See some great old pictures of Minot on this page.
The founding of Minot: 1886
The incorporation date of Minot: 28 June 1887

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Minot attractions:

Dakota Territory Air Museum
100 34th Ave NE
Minot, ND 58703
Phone: 701-852-8500

Norsk Hostfest
Held each year in the fall with lots of things to see and do and attend.

Railroad Museum
1015 S Broadway
Minot, ND 58701-4667
Phone: 701-852-7091

Roosevelt Park Zoo
1219 Burdick Expressway East
P.O. Box 549
Minot, ND 58702
Phone: 701-857-4169

North Dakota State Fair
2005 Burdick Expressway East
P.O. Box 1796
Minot, ND 58702
Phone 701-857-7620
Fax 701-857-7622

Minot Air Force Base

Minot is a sister city with Skien in Norway. They also maintain a sister city relationship with Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, a city in Canada about 300 miles to the northwest.

Scandinavian Heritage Park with replicas or remembrances from each of these Scandinavian countries - Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.

North Dakota State Fair Center
2005 Burdick Expy. E.
P.O. Box 1796
Minot, ND 58701
Phone: 701-857-7620

Minot International Airport

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Economy & Industry

Minot economy: Agriculture remains the largest sector of the area economy. This also includes farming and ranching. Another large portion is Minot Air Force Base with over 10,000 people living or working there. The economic impact of the base on the community is over $230 million each year.
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