My Main Street, Minot, North Dakota
All this week, I celebrate Main Street. Features on the blog will highlight businesses along Main Street, Minot, and will include –
Founded: 1886, during the construction of the Great Northern Railway. Minot is also called “Magic City,” commemorating its extraordinary growth in a short time.
The town was named after Henry D. Minot, a railroad investor.
The city was incorporated on June 28, 1887.
Minot is the fourth largest city in the state. 2010 census put us at 40K+ people. In 2012, the Minot Area Development Corporation estimated between 46,000 and 47,000 permanent residents within city limits.
I am proud to say that my son (active duty – Air Force) and my daughter-in-law (Air National Guard) both serve at the Minot Air Force Base.
Well, y’all have heard me complain about the winters, and don’t get me started on the flood of 2011. But record temps have gone over the 100 mark in the summer. Record lows (I think we saw them last winter) reach into the -50s with a brutal wind chill.
According to Agriculture in the Classroom –
“North Dakota weather can be extreme! The state’s highest temperature reading – 121 degrees – and all-time low reading – 60 below zero – were recorded less than six months apart in the same year, 1936!”
Spring wheat, durum, barley, sunflowers, flaxseed, canola, sugar beets, potatoes, oats, and others. If you ever eat spaghetti, chances are you are eating North Dakota durum.
On four legs
Recent estimates maintain that there are nearly two million head of cattle, over 160,000 pigs, and almost 90,000 sheep in North Dakota. So, thank a farmer.
State flora, fauna
Our State Bird: Western Meadowlark
Our State Tree: American Elm
Our State Flower: Wild Prairie Rose
Peace Garden State.
Click the link to see more about our beautiful International Peace Garden.
Geographical Center of North America
Rugby, North Dakota, is the geographical center of North America! Bet you didn’t know that. For more info., see Rugby, North Dakota.
North Dakota’s motto, “Strength from the Soil,” appears on the state’s coat of arms and governor’s flag.
Opening photo courtesy Old Photos.
Does your town have special events planned for the 4th of July?
Do you know your state’s motto, tree, flower, and bird?