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Encyclopedia > Wahpeton, North Dakota

Wahpeton is a city in Richland County, North Dakota in the United States. It is the county seat of Richland CountyGR6. The population was 8,586 at the 2000 census. Wahpeton was founded in 1871. Richland County is a county located in the state of North Dakota. ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... 1871 (MDCCCLXXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


Wahpeton's twin city is Breckenridge, Minnesota. The Bois de Sioux River and the Otter Tail River join at Wahpeton and Breckenridge to form the Red River of the North. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Breckenridge is a city located in Wilkin County, Minnesota. ... The Bois de Sioux River drains Lake Traverse, the southernmost body of water in the Hudson Bay watershed of North America. ... Sunset on the Otter Tail River near Otter Tail Lake and Ottertail, Minnesota The Red River drainage basin, with the Otter Tail River highlighted The Otter Tail River is a river in the west-central portion of the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... See also the Red River disambiguation page. ...


The North Dakota State College of Science is located in Wahpeton. The local newspaper is the Wahpeton Daily News. The North Dakota State College of Science is a 2-year public college in Wahpeton, North Dakota and part of the North Dakota University System. ... The Wahpeton Daily News is a newspaper printed in Wahpeton, North Dakota. ...

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History

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Early history

The first explorer in the area was Jonathan Carver in 1767. He explored and mapped the Northwest at the personal request of Major Robert Rogers. Rogers was commander of Fort Michilimackinac, the British fort at Mackinaw City, Michigan which protected the passage between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Carver's mission was to find the Northwest passage, the imaginary waterway to the Orient which Rogers was convinced existed. While Carver failed in his search, the passing years saw many fur traders and explorers pass through the area. Jonathan Carver Jonathan Carver (1710-1780) was an explorer of the North American continent. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Fort Michilimackinac was an 18th century French, and later British, fort and trading post in the Great Lakes of North America. ... Mackinaw City is a village in Emmet County, with a small portion lying within Cheboygan County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...


More than one hundred years after the Carver expedition, a Government surveying party passed through the Wahpeton area. J. W. Blanding, a member of the expedition was so impressed by the fertile river valley that he returned to his Wisconsin home determined to move his family and belongings to the Dakota Territory. Blanding so influenced other Wisconsin settlers that many of them arrived and homesteaded in the Wahpeton area before Blanding could return.


The first settler was Morgan T. Rich. His plow turned the first furrow of rich black bottomland in 1869. When other settlers arrived, they formed a tiny community and quite naturally named it Richville. An apt name considering its founder and the fertile quality of the soil.


In 1871, a Post Office was opened. At the same time, the town's name was changed to "Chahinkapa" an Indian name meaning "the end of the woods." Two years later, the county was organized and called Chahinkapa County. Later that year the county was renamed Richland County and the town of Chahinkapa renamed Wahpeton. Credit for suggesting the name Wahpeton is given to an early settler named William Cooper. Wahpeton is a contraction of the Indian name "Warpeotonwe" meaning "Leaf Village".


Growth of the village of Wahpeton was quite slow during the first few years. But a flurry of activity was created in 1872 when the St. Paul and Pacific Railway (now the Great Northern) extended a line into Breckenridge, Minnesota, a tiny community just across the Bois de Sioux River. This created a booming business in flat boat building in both Breckenridge and Wahpeton. Flat boats could carry freight directly from the railroad down river to northern North Dakota and all the way to Winnipeg, Canada, via the Red River of the North, the waters of which eventually reach Hudson Bay.


At the same time, the railroad opened up the area to many more settlers. Germans, Bohemians, Scandinavians and native Americans moved to Richland County to file homesteads. Wahpeton was growing. And in 1874, Jacob Morvin and Joseph Sittarich opened the first retail store in the county. By 1876 the traffic between Wahpeton and Breckenridge had grown to where the local ferry could not handle it and a bridge was built across the Bois de Sioux River connecting the two towns.


Another flurry of growth was realized in 1880 when the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Manitoba Railroad crossed the river and pushed its tracks on toward the north-west. A few years later, in 1883, the population of Wahpeton was estimated to be as high as 1,400 people.


As the county seat, Wahpeton was the center of all activity. Here was the courthouse, the bank and the first flour mills. In 1889 the Red River Valley University was established later to become the North Dakota State School of Science.


As the century came to a close, Wahpeton had settled down into a hard-working agricultural community. Its frontier had, years before, passed further west.


In 1904 the United States Government established the Wahpeton Indian School (now called Circle of Nations School) for the education of Native American children from northern Minnesota, North Dakota and northern South Dakota.


Through the Twenties and Thirties, Wahpeton continued to grow, develop and to keep pace with the rest of the nation. It has been through this half of the Twentieth Century that the Red River Valley has earned its reputation as one of the richest agricultural belts in the nation.


Recent history

Wahpeton is a growing city with more than 8,000 people located in a county with many producing farms, a city with the most modern medical center in the area, St. Francis Hospital. Wahpeton has two railroads, a bus line, five truck lines and an airport with runways of just over 3,000 and 5,000 feet in length. It is the home of the North Dakota State College of Science which includes a junior college, business college trade school and technical school.


Recreation is also important to the citizens of Wahpeton. The area attracts outdoorsman and hunters, because it is located in the midst of the Western flyway, which means that the Wahpeton area provides excellent migratory waterfowl hunting. In the spring and summer the Bois de Sioux Golf Course offers golfers the opportunity to literally hit their tee-shot "into the next state". It is the only golf course in the nation where half the course is in one state and the other half in another.


Near the golf course is Chahinkapa Park, which offers many opportunities for recreation. Here young people will find all kinds of playground equipment and can see bears, buffalo, Ilama, elk, and other zoo animals. The park also has baseball, softball, and football facilities, miniature golf, tennis, and during the summer the large swimming pool is also open.


There are many points of interest in Wahpeton, among them is the Richland County Historical Society Museum which is the most modern of its kind in the state and it provides hours of enjoyable browsing. Just a short drive from Wahpeton is Fort Abercrombie, where the restored fort and museum artifacts bring back the days of the covered wagon. Just outside the city is the Circus Monument erected in memory of circus workers killed by lightning here in 1897 and where circus performers hold a memorial service whenever they perform in the area. The Leach Public Library houses over 17,000 volumes. The Carmelite Monastery, nestled in the bend of the Wild Rice River a few miles from Wahpeton, is also within driving range. It was recently announced that the Imation in Wahpeton, an employer of many of the town's people, will be shutting down by sometime in the year 2009. Source: http://www.wahpeton.com [1] Fort Abercrombie was an American fort established on August 28, 1858, on the Red River in Dakota Territory by Lieutenant Colonel John J. Abercrombie. ...


Geography

Wahpeton is located at 46°16′12″N, 96°36′38″W (46.269931, -96.610463)GR1. Image File history File links NDMap-doton-Wahpeton. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.9 km² (5.0 mi²), all land. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


The Red River of the North forms one of the most fertile river valleys in the world. As it flows north to Canada it forms the state boundary between North Dakota and Minnesota. Near the river's head-waters on the bank of the Bois de Sioux is Wahpeton, North Dakota.


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 8,586 people, 3,254 households, and 1,867 families residing in the city. The population density was 663.0/km² (1,718.1/mi²). There were 3,492 housing units at an average density of 269.7/km² (698.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.47% White, 0.62% African American, 2.41% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.76% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


The top 6 ancestry groups in the city are German (47.4%), Norwegian (28.4%), Irish (7.1%), Swedish (5.8%), French (4.0%), English (4.0%). Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area...


There were 3,254 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.6% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.97. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 24.1% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 109.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.3 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $33,471, and the median income for a family was $44,645. Males had a median income of $30,199 versus $20,089 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,293. About 7.3% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Economy

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On May 14, 1991, City of Wahpeton voters approved a 1% city sales and use tax, the proceeds of which are to be dedicated solely to economic development of the City of Wahpeton and Richland County, North Dakota by means of business and industrial expansion including job creation, job retention, business and industrial diversification, and the creation, fostering and maintenance of business and trade activities and facilities. The tax would become effective July 1, 1991 and sunset in five years. On June 14, 1994, voters approved to extend the sales tax 10 years to June 30, 2006. And again on October 14, 2003, voters approved broadening the use and extending the 1 1/2% sales tax to June 30, 2026.


In addition to strictly city sales tax funds, and the New Construction in jobs development levy direction and administration, the Economic Development operations budget enables, leverages and includes leadership/management of and/or support to a much broader range of related economic development activity. This activity includes but is not limited to the Community Development Corporation, revolving loan program, planning, other city departments, housing and community development, commercial and industrial base, work force training and development, chamber, tourism, county, regional, state and federal matters.


Wahpeton is the home of several large manufacturing plants, including Imation Corporation, Woodcraft Industries, Inc., WCCO Belting, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative, and Cargill. Imation Corporation NYSE: IMN is an American corporation spun off from 3M, with a worldwide presence that produces mainly data storage products. ... Cargill, Incorporated is a privately held, multinational corporation, and is based in the state of Minnesota in the United States. ...


For more information, visit: [2]


Education

K-12

The city of Wahpeton is served by Zimmerman Elementary School, Central Elementary School, Wahpeton Middle School, and Wahpeton Senior High School. A private school, St. John's Elementary School, is also located in Wahpeton.


High school championships

North Dakota Class AAA high school football is a part of the North Dakota High School Activities Associations football program. ... North Dakota Class A high school basketball is a part of the North Dakota High School Activities Association. ... North Dakota Class A high school basketball is a part of the North Dakota High School Activities Association. ... North Dakota Class A high school volleyball is a part of the North Dakota High School Activities Association. ... North Dakota Class A high school wrestling is a part of the North Dakota High School Activities Association. ...

Higher education

The North Dakota State College of Science is a 2-year public college in Wahpeton, North Dakota and part of the North Dakota University System. ...

Culture

Wahpeton's area attractions include the Prairie Rose Carousel and the Chahinkapa Zoo. The Wahpeton/Breckenridge community also features the Bois de Sioux Golf Course with nine holes located in North Dakota and nine in Minnesota. Kidder Dam, home to "Wahpper" the World's Largest Catfish, offers swimming and fishing. Chahinkapa Zoo is a zoo in Wahpeton, North Dakota. ... Wahpeton is a city in Richland County, North Dakota in the United States. ... Wahpper the Worlds Largest Catfish is a 5,000 pound fiberglass catfish located at the Kidder Recreation Area in Wahpeton, North Dakota. ...


Fishing:[3] Dakota Magic Casino: [4] Bagg Bonanza Farm Historic Site: [5] Ringling Bros. Circus Monument: [6] Prairie Rose Carousel: [7] Fort Abercrombie State Museum: [8] Richland County Historical Museum: [9] Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge: [10] Chahinkapa Zoo: [11] Camping Sites: [12] Motels/Hotels: [13] Restaurants: [14] Events Calendar: [15] Source: http://www.wahpeton.com Chahinkapa Zoo is a zoo in Wahpeton, North Dakota. ...


Notable residents

Sam Anderson Sam Anderson is an American actor from Wahpeton, North Dakota. ... Karen Louise Erdrich (born June 7, 1954) is a Native American (Chippewa) author of novels, poetry, and childrens books. ... Chippewa redirects here. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Porter James McCumber (February 3, 1858 - May 18, 1933) was a United States Senator from North Dakota. ... Steve Myhra (born April 2, 1934 in Wahpeton, North Dakota) is a former professional American football player who played offensive line for six seasons for the Baltimore Colts. ... There have been two unrelated American football teams called the Baltimore Colts based in Baltimore, Maryland. ...

External links

  • City of Wahpeton official website
  • Wahpeton Public Schools website
  • Maps and aerial photos Coordinates: 46.269931° -96.610463°

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North Dakota is a prime example of a continental climate; distant from major bodies of water to moderate the weather, conditions range from sweltering heat and humidity to bitter cold.
North Dakota's reputation for severe weather has been cited by many as a motivating factor behind outmigration and the failure of outside industry to locate in the state, though some have found this to be a secondary factor to the overall economic situation in the state.
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Wahpeton is a city located in Richland County, North Dakota.
Wahpeton is a community with two railroads, a bus line, five truck lines and an airport.
Wahpeton is the home of several large manufacturing plants, including Imation Corporation, Woodcraft Industries, Inc., WCCO Belting, Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative, and Cargill.
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