New Salem Travel Guide

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New Salem Overview

New Salem is a small town of under 1000 (pretty constant since 2000) located along Highway 139 just south of Exit 127 of Interstate 94 in Morton County not far from Bismarck, the capital and is part of the Bismarck Metropolitan Statistical Area. New Salem was founded in 1883 when John Christensen showed up with just a few belongings and a brand new breaking plow for farming. He kind of expected a town but there was none there and he found himself alone. A train containing the remaining settlers arrived later that night and proceeded a few miles farther down the line to the west. About 12 hours later Christensen was joined by the other settlers and they started a settlement called “Salem”. A new siding was constructed on the site selected for the town and “New Salem” was established. New Salem has a nice little historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. New Salem also has a nice historical museum, and is home to “Salem Sue” the world’s largest fiberglass Holstein cow.