Kenmare Travel Guide

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Kenmare Overview

Kenmare is a town of about 1100 (up 3% since 2000) located along U.S. Highway 52 in Burke County in Northwestern North Dakota near the border with Saskatchewan. Kenmare was established as the town of "Lignite" in 1891 when Augustines Roues and a few others began mining coal here. Roues became the first postmaster until he was killed in a gunfight in 1896. The town changed its name to Kenmare in 1897. Kenmare was an important shipping point for grain grown in the smaller communities along the Upper Des Lacs Lake. The Kenmare City Hall is housed in the old Ward County War Memorial Building which was built in 1930. The town was named after Kenmare, Ireland.

Kenmare has a nice little historic district with a few buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. I especially liked the old church and of course the Danish Windmill.

The Lake County Historical Museum consists of 21 buildings jammed full of memorabilia, photos and more relating to the early history of the area. Buildings include a one-room schoolhouse, a newspaper office, a dress shop, an early settler's home, and more. A few of the buildings house a nice collection of buggies, old tractors and other implements needed for farming.