North Dakota has several longstanding businesses that have stood the test of time, here are a few of the oldest businesses that are still active.

We took a look at several different avenues of business and found some of the oldest throughout the state:

  1. Wells Fargo Bank (formerly Northwestern National Bank of Fargo): Established in 1872, the Northwestern National Bank of Fargo later joined the Wells Fargo banking network. It has a lengthy history of providing services to the through out not only North Dakota, but the nation as well.
  2. Dakota Pharmacy: Dakota Pharmacy, which is based in Bismarck, was established in 1880. One of the first independent pharmacies in North Dakota, it has a long history of serving the local population by offering pharmaceutical services.
  3. Boots and Saddle Club (formerly Meyer's Saddle and Tack Shop): One of the first equestrian and Western clothing shops in the state, this enterprise, which later changed its name to the Boots and Saddle Club, opened its doors in 1886.
  4. First International Bank & Trust: In Watford City, North Dakota, this financial company was first established in 1910. It has developed over time and increased its footprint in neighboring states and North Dakota.
  5. Peacock Alley: The Patterson Hotel was one of the most opulent and well-known hotels in Bismarck's early years and in the centre of downtown, as seen in this postcard from circa 1930. Originally called the McKenzie, its name was altered in 1927 when ownership shifted. It was well-known at the time for taking 20 years to construct. Following the repeal of Prohibition, the Peacock Alley restaurant opened its doors in 1933.
  6. University of North Dakota: The University of North Dakota is a public research university in Grand Forks, North Dakota. It was established by the Dakota Territorial Assembly in 1883, six years before the establishment of the state of North Dakota.
  7. Bismarck Tribune: Clement A. Lounsberry founded the Bismarck Tribune in 1873. The paper has stood the test of time, writing about good news and bad. The distinguished paper has won many awards, including a Pulitzer for its coverage of the Dust Bowl. Today, the paper serves 82,000 readers weekly.

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