DescriptionWhen the Great Northern Railway was being built through the Dakota Territory in 1887, a bridge was needed to cross a dry streambed. A large tent city sprang up at the site, but when residents learned that the railroad had chosen a town site several miles away on the Souris River, they moved the entire town to the present site of Minot (MY-not) overnight. The speed of this accomplishment and the growth of the population to 5,000 in the settlement's first year earned it the title “Magic City.”
Although Minot was incorporated less than a year after first being settled, the town's outpost location on the frontier made it a magnet for such disreputable elements as cattle rustlers and gamblers. An early reputation for lawlessness was confirmed by the cry of a railway conductor from that era: “MINOT, this is M-I-N-O-T, end of the line. Prepare to meet your God.”
Minot is the home of the North Dakota State Fair , which usually occurs during the last half of July. It's an old-fashioned summer event, offering such activities as livestock shows, country music concerts, auto racing, a demolition derby, rodeo events, arm-wrestling competitions, petting zoos and a carnival midway. Norsk Hostfest , held in late September or early October at the state fairgrounds, features live entertainment highlighting Nordic cultures.
Visitor InfoMinot Convention and Visitors Bureau 1020 S. Broadway MINOT, ND 58702. Phone:(701)857-8206 or (800)264-2626
ShoppingThe anchor stores at Dakota Square Mall, 2400 S.W. 10th St., are Herberger's, JCPenney and Sears.
Things to SeeDakota Territory Air Museum