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History


McKenzie County - established 8 Mar 1883 named for a somewhat notorious Bismarck politician, Alexander McKenzie (1856-1922), who was a major force in both Dakotas during his lifetime. County organized in 1905. First county seat was at what is usually called White House, near the Stroud post office. Not officially organized, so on 13 May 1905, the court house was awarded to Alexander.Residents of Schafer managed to get the county seat in
1906, but after the railroad (GNRR) decided not to build a railroad thru there to New Rockford, the townsite declined and on 1 Jun 1941 the county seat was moved to Watford City. Area is 2847 square miles - largest county in North Dakota. Highest census population was in 1930 - 9709. 1980 population - 7132 jumping nearly 1000 since 1970 because of energy development in the county.

Main Street Watford City 1917



East side, Main Street looking North 1914-1915



Main Street looking north - Watford City 1915



Placenames



Alexander
Almira
Arnegard
Banks
Beicegel
Benniepier
Berg
Bicycle
Bluebell
Blueshale

Camp Barbour 
Cartwright
Cathmere
Catlin
Charbonneau 
Charlson
Cherry
Croff
Dore
Earl
East Fairview 
East Sidney 
Elidah
Elk Landing
Elsworth
Estes  

Farland 
Fort Gilbert
Fort Henry 

Glasser
Goodall

Grant
Grassy Butte
Green

Hardy Beet Siding
Joe
Johnsons Corners
Juniper

Keene
Kinsley

Leakey
Loyal

Mandaree
Mary
Maynard 
McKenzie
Moline

Nameless
Pembroke
Praire Valley
Ragged Buttes
Rawson
Rothville
Rosseland
Ruby
Sanford
Schafer
Searing
Seneschal
Shafer
Skaar
Spearinville
Squaw Gap
Stroud
Tobacco Garden
Union Center
Watford
Watford City
White City
White House
Wilbur
Williams

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