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Harrison Township

T155N R83W

Latitude = 48-16-00 N
Longitude = 101-23-00 W

Towns / Cities
All Information from the Book "North Dakota Place Names" by Douglas A Wick



This was a pioneer settlement which soon became an annexed part of the city of Minot. The name is credited to T.E. Olsgard, the Register of the U.S. Land Office, who chose to honor the then current President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901). The name is perpetuated by the township (155-83) in which most of Minot is located.


This Great Northern Railroad townsite was founded in 1886 and became known as "The Magic City" because of its rapid growth, quickly covering most of Harrison Township (155-83). It was named for Henry Davis Minot (1859-1890), a director of the GNRR who was killed in a train wreck. The post office was established February 12, 1887 with Patrick H. McNamara Postmaster. It incorporated as a city in 1887, replaced Burlington as the county seat of Ward County in 1888, and has grown steadily to a peak population of 32,886 in 1980. The elevation is 1566, the Zip Code is 58701, and it is the site of Minot State University. It pronunciation of this city's name is My-Knot.


This was a Great Northern Rail Road station built in 1883 in Section 19-155-83, Harrison Township, five miles west of Minot, and named for Henry C. Gassman (1856-1938), a native of Wisconsin who was the first settler in Gassman Coulee. A small coal mine settlement developed here about 1915, but it disappeared by 1940.

Business History

Great Northern Railroad

Clarence Parker Hotel

Soo Line Railroad





Minot State College  Section 14

Ramstad Junior High School  Section 14

Bishop Ryan High School  Section 14

Bel Air School  Section 15

Edison School  Section 26 Hill Junior High School  Section 23
Lincoln School  Section 23 Little Flower School  Section 14
Longfellow School  Section 15 McKinley School  Section 13
North Hill School  Section 11 Perkett School  Section 22
Ramstad Junior High School  Section 14 Roosevelt School  Section 13
School #1  Section 31 Sunnyside School  Section 24
Washington School  Section 24  

First Lutheran Cemetery
(1st Lutheran Church of Minot)
Section 13-155-83   9/5/78

Hebrew Community Cemetery  (Ardeth Jeshrun Community Cemetery)Section 14
Sunset Memorial Gardens  Section 26 Bethany (Trinity) Lutheran Cemetery

Rose Hill Cemetery Includes the Following

Rosehill Memorial Park
Formerly Rosehill Cemetery
section 25-155-83   4/27/60
Saint Leo's Catholic Cemetery
NE1/4 NE1/4 of Section 25-155-83
Sacred Heart Convent Cemetery
SE1/4 NW1/4 of 25-155-83  2/18/60
Zion Lutheran Cemetery
Willis Cemetery (also known as Center Cemetery)
Zion Lutheran Cemetery


Assembly of God Churches Bible Fellowship
1740 4th Ave NW
Minot, ND

Baptist Churches

Catholic Churches
Christian Alliance Church
715 20th Avenue NW
Minot, ND
Church of Christ in Minot
1315 1st Street
Minot, ND
West Minot Church of God
1105 16th Street NW
Minot, ND
Church of God of Prophecy
1401 4th Street SW
Minot, ND
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Saint Peter's Orthodox Church
109 6th Street SE
Minot, ND
All Saints Episcopal Church
301 Main Street South
Minot, ND
Trinity Evangelical Free Church
3500 4th Street SW
Minot, ND
Northland Harvest Church (Full Gospel)
140 Souris Drive
Minot, ND
The Islamic Society of Minot
504 Central Ave East
Minot, ND
Jehovah's Witnesses
2301 16th Street SW
Minot, ND
Lutheran Churches Nazarene
Non Denominational United Pentecostal Church
2929 19th Ave NE
Minot, ND
First Presbyterian Church
1000 3rd Street NE
Minot, ND
Harvest Reformed Church
Central Ave & 1st Street SE
Minot, ND
Salvation Army Church
315 Western Ave
Minot, ND
Seventh Day Adventist Church
10 17th Ave SW
Minot, ND
Congregational United Church of Christ
430 N Broadway
Minot, ND
United Methodist
Wesleyan Church of Minot
435 21st Street NW
Minot, ND
Saint John Church   Sect 22

Historical / Genealogy Society
# Ward County Historical Society
c/o Mark Timbrook
421 2nd Street NE
Minot, ND 58701
701-838-1790 or
Railroad Museum
c/o Betty Berg
1015 S. Broadway
Minot, ND 58701
* Scandinavian Heritage Association
c/o George Officer
1412 Debbie Dr.
Minot, ND 58701

Historical, Genealogical and Ethnic Events



Minot Flower Mill 1910 Minot Street 1887 Main Street
Minot 1888 Minot_1889  Sale of Buffalo Bones
Minot_1893 Tent City Minot_1914  Elks Convention

Personal and Community Stories about this Area


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