Minot Travel Guide

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Minot Overview

Minot is a small city of about 47,000 (up 27% since 2000) located at the intersection of U.S. Highways 2, 52, and 83 in Ward County in North Central North Dakota. Minot was established in 1886 during construction of the Great Northern Railroad. Minot has been called the "Magic City" because when it first came into being it grew from a few people to over 5000 in five months. The town was named after railroad investor Henry D. Minot. Many of the early settlers were from the Scandinavian countries and Minot remains proud of its North European heritage. A few different rail lines crossed in Minot and the city continued to grow rapidly. Minot has a number of sports teams and has sister cities Skien, Norway and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Minot is the county seat of Ward County. Ward County was formed in 1885 and was named after the Chairman of the Counties Committee, Mark Ward. The Ward County Courthouse was completed in 1929 by the Minnesota firm of Toltz, King and Day using the Art Deco style of architecture. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Minot has a very nice historic area with a number of buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. There are 3 districts and 10 individual locations in Minot listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Minot also has a number of fine museums. My favorite is the Scandinavian Heritage Park.