North Dakota Eclectics

The focus of the NODAKinfo network of sites is limited in scope. It is not our intent to provide a comprehensive history of the State of North Dakota, but to provide as much information as possible about a few small communities within the state.

As North Dakota is transitioning from family farms to factory farms, and from domestic coal to oil exploration, a large number of agricultural communities have been left behind. Some of these towns are losing their schools, their post office, and their identities. The children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of those who built and maintained these communities are moving away, to larger cities or, in many cases, out of state, to return only for funeral and centennial events, if at all.

Our resources page includes links to those small communities that we have highlighted, as well as to current and future projects. As we are able to catch up with the work that we already have, other communities may be added. While we will include contemporary photographs and information, when available, much of which we will include in our pages will be biographies of early settlers, or histories of their first businesses, schools, churches, and organizations.

Since the recorded histories of most North Dakota towns begin with the first European or white American railroad men, homesteaders or settlers, we have included a section on this domain covering the prehistorical and early historical presence of the indigenous people who were here before. It is anticipated that this section will be added to from time to time.

Additionally, our readings section will include suggestions for books or other resources that may be helpful to those wanting a more in-depth study of the State of North Dakota and its people, and others that we believe will be of interest to our readers.

Of Interest