North Dakota Towns You Know On A First Name Basis
Let me introduce you to Alice, Olga, Norma, Ray, Leroy, Leonard, Max, & Arthur. One might think I am talking about co-workers or classmates. You might think I am talking about some friends or even some partners in crime. You're not even close. We have several towns in North Dakota that have actual first names for their name.
Let's take a little trip to some of the "first name" towns in North Dakota.
Alice North Dakota
Alice is located on the eastern side of the state in Cass County. It was laid out in 1900 when the railroad came through. It was give the name in honor of of the wife of governor R.S. Lewis. According to the latest census data, 41 people call Alice North Dakota home.
Olga North Dakota
Olga is located in the north east part of the state in Cavalier County between Langdon and Cavalier. Census reporter shows that there are 11 people in North Olga Township.
Norma North Dakota
Norma is now a township located in Barnes County. As of the 2000 census, the population was 54.
Ray North Dakota
Ray has some of the nicest people around. I can say that because my travels take me through there most of the time. Ray was founded in 1902, and was named after a railroad official named Al G. Ray. The 2020 census showed Ray had a population of 740.
Leroy North Dakota
Leroy is located in Pembina Country, just northwest of Cavalier. The area is rich in history reaching back to pre homestead, trader and trapper times.
Leonard North Dakota
Leonard is over on the eastern part of the state in Cass County. It was established in 1881, and according to data collected from the 2020 census, the population was 248.
Max North Dakota
Max is located in McClean County, and was established in 1906. The town is named after Max Freitag, eldest son of Paul Freitag. Census data from 2020 shows the population was 331.
Arthur North Dakota
Arthur is on the eastern side of the state as well. It's located in Cass County. Our current governor, Doug Burgum was born here in 1956. The latest census numbers show 320 in 2020.
There are a few more first name towns in our state. Some are memories, others are still established. They all deserve to be recognized. Don't forget about Burt, Barney, Clyde, Calvin ,Alfred, Milton, Horace, Hamlet, Glen Ullin, Raymond Lee and Bismarck.
If you get the chance, take a drive and get to know these communities in North Dakota.