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Orlien Township
T152N R87W Latitude = 47-58-23 N
Longitude = 101-48-07 W

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


This Soo Line Railroad townsite was founded in 1911 in NW1/4 Section 27-152-87, Orlein Township. The name was coined by townsite promoter Edward Kamrud from Makoti, a Mandan Indian word meaning largest of the earthen lodges. He learned of this word from James Holding Eagle, an Indian who was building a replica Mandan-type earthen lodge on the capitol grounds in Bismark at the time. The post office was established December 18, 1911 with William J. Nutting Postmaster, a position which was held by Erhart Petersen (1934-1970). The Zip Code is 58756, and the village incorporated in 1916, reaching a peak population of 276 in 1930. Clarence Schenfisch organized the first Makoti Threshing Show in 1961, and that event has become a popular annual attraction for people throughout ND.


Business History

Jefferson's Hardware Store Soo Line Railroad
Telephone Office Creamery





Hope Lutheran Cemetery

Saint Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery
NW 1/4 Section  22-152-87  9/6/84



Hope Lutheran Church
Makoti, ND 58756



Historical / Genealogy Society


Historical, Genealogical and Ethnic Events

Makoti Threshing Association
c/o E. E. Wright
P. O. Box 11
Makoti, ND 58756


The Makoti City Band  

Personal and Community Stories about this Area

Frankie McGinnis
(Francis Patrick Joseph McGinnis)

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