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County Date Formed Parent County County Seat Contact
Adams 1907 Hettinger Hettinger, 1907 Adopt Me!
Barnes 1873 as Burbank,
named changed to Barnes 1875
Cass Valley City, 1879
Benson 1879 Ramsey Minnewaukan, 1884 Colleen
Billings 1879 Unorganized territory Medora, 1886 Ted Poppke
Bottineau 1873 Unorganized territory Bottineau, 1884 Christina and Jane
Bowman 1883 Billings Bowman, 1907 Adopt Me!
Burke 1910 Ward Bowbells, 1910 Robert Hill
Burleigh  1873 Buffalo (Discontinued) Bismarck, 1873 Adopt Me!
Cass 1873 Original County Fargo, 1883
Cavalier 1873 Pembina Langdon, 1884 Roger Olson
Dickey 1881 LaMoure, Ransom, unorganized territory Ellendale, 1882 Char Kibbie
Divide 1910 Williams Crosby, 1910 Robert Hill
Dunn 1883
annexed to Stark in 1897
reformed in 1908
1883 - Howard (Discontinued)
1908 - Stark, Mercer
Manning, 1908 Adopt Me!
Eddy 1885 Foster New Rockford, 1885 Adopt Me!
Emmons 1879 Unorganized territory Williamsport, 1883-1899
Linton, 1899
Mike Peterson
Foster 1873 Pembina Carrington, 1883 Adopt Me!
Golden Valley 1912 Billings Beach, 1912 Allison Wyrick
Grand Forks 1873 Pembina Grand Forks, 1875
Tom Williams
Adopt Me!
Grant 1916 Morton Carson, 1916 Beth Rau
Griggs 1881 Foster, Burbank, Traill Hope, 1882
Cooperstown, 1882 - present
Sandi Bohle
Hettinger 1883 Stark Mott, 1881 Colleen
Kidder 1873 Buffalo (Discontinued) Steele, 1881 - present Adopt Me!
La Moure 1873 Pembina Grand Rapids, 1881 - 1886
La Moure, 1886 - present
Char Kibbie
Adopt Me!
Logan 1873 Buffalo (Discontinued) Napolean, 1884-1889
King, 1889
Napolean, 1899 - present
Char Kibbie
Adopt Me!
McHenry 1873 Buffalo (Discontinued) Towner 1886 Michael P. Borchardt
Adopt Me!
McIntosh 1883 Logan Hoskins, 1884-1888
Ashley
Joy Fisher
McKenzie 1883
eliminated 1891
present county formed 1905
1883 -Howard (Discontinued)
1905 - Billings, Stark (comprising of Allred, Old McKenzie & Wallace)
Watford City, 1941 Philip J. Smith
McLean 1883 Stevens Washburn, 1883 Vivian Merkel
Mercer 1875 Original territory Stanton, 1884 Linda Ziemann
Morton 1873 Original territory Lincoln, 1878-1879
Mandan, 1881
Justin Greywolf
Mountrail 1873
eliminated 1891
re-established 1909
Ward Stanley, 1909 - present
Viki Sheldrup
Nelson 1883 Foster, Grand Forks Lakota, 1883 Adopt Me!
Oliver 1885 Mercer Sanger (Raymond), 1885 - 1902
Center, 1902 - present
Linda Ziemann
Pembina 1867 Indian Lands (Dakota) Pembina, 1867-1911
Cavalier, 1911-present
Sunna Furstenau
Pierce 1887   Rugby, 1889 Adopt Me!
Ramsey 1873 Pembina Devil's Lake, 1883
Colleen
Ransom 1873 Pembina Lisbon, 1881
Renville 1873
eliminated in 1891
1910
1873 - Buffalo, Dakota Territory
1910 - Ward
Mohall, 1910 - present Adopt Me!
Richland 1873 Original county Wahpeton (Chahinkapa), 1873 - present Pat Maas
Rolette  1873 Buffalo (Discontinued) Dunseith, 1884-1885
St. John, 1885-1889
Rolla, 1889 - present
Adopt Me!
Sargent 1883 Ransom Milnor, 1883-1886
Forman, 1886
Char Kibbie
Sheridan 1908 McLean McClusky, 1908 Ted Poppke
Sioux 1914 Standing Rock Reservation Fort Yates, 1914 Mike Peterson
Slope 1915 Billings Amidon, 1915 - present Allison Wyrick
Stark 1879 Unorganized territory Dickinson, 1883 - present Theresa Ragsdale
Steele 1883 Griggs, Traill Hope, 1883-1885
Sherbrooke, 1885-1919
Finley, 1919 - present
Kathleen Castillo
Stutsman 1873 Pembina Jamestown, 1873 Donna Bennett
Towner 1883 Rolette, Cavalier Cando, 1884 Adopt Me!
Traill 1875 Grand Forks, Burbank, Cass Caledonia, 1875 - 1891
Hillsboro, 1891 - present
Mike Peterson
Walsh 1881 Grand Forks Grafton, 1881 - present Larry Reski
Ward 1885 Renville Burlington, 1885-1888
Minot, 1888 - present
Adopt Me!
Wells 1873 (as Gingras (Jennegra), named changed to Wells in 1881) Sheridan Sykeston, 1884-1894
Fessenden, 1894 - present
Donna Bennett
Williams 1891 Buford, Flannery Williston, 1891 - present Frank Lysy


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Information verified on the DiscoverND -- County History page, from data provided by Holly Timm from Everton's Handy Book, and from the CCs for the counties.


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