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Minot, population 36,567, is a city located in north central North Dakota. Minot is the fourth largest city in the state and is the trading centre of a large portion of northern North Dakota, southeastern Saskatchewan, and southwestern Manitoba. It is the county seat of Ward County. Minot is known as the Magic City.

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Minot geography


Minot is located at in north central North Dakota, at 48°13'59" North latitude , 101°17'32" West longitude. (48.233190, -101.292229). Minot is located about 170 km (100 mi) north of Bismarck, 300 km (200 mi) west of Grand Forks and 400 km (250 mi) northwest of Fargo and southeast of Regina, Saskatchewan.

The city is on the Souris River, near its southernmost point. The river flows east through the city. It eventually turns northwest and meets with the Assiniboine River near Brandon, Manitoba.


According to the Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 37.7 km² (14.6 mi²). It is almost entirely land; the Souris River, its oxbow lakes, and a few creeks take up just 0.14% of the city's total landmass.

Grid and Address System

The city is laid on on a grid-based street system. Streets run North-South and Avenues run East-West. Streets are numbered by their block distance east or west of Main Street. Similarly, Avenues are numbered north and south of Central Avenue. There are four city quadrants (NW, SW, SE, NE) to describe the exact location of any given address. Main Street addresses are simply designated North and South. Central Avenue addresses are simply designated East and West.

515 2nd Avenue SW (City Hall) is located a little more than three blocks west of Main Street on 2nd Avenue South.

3515 16th St SW (the Minot YMCA) is located 35 blocks south of Central Avenue on 16th Street West.

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The City of Minot has a number of distinct regions. Here's a partial listing.

Major Divisions

The Souris River divides the city approximately in half, north and south. The valley rises to the plains both north and south of the river. Minot does not have particular names for these general topographic divisions of the city. The Valley is simply the Valley (or not called anything at all). The northern rise and the plateau north of it is referred to as North Hill and the southern rise and plateau south of it is referred to as South Hill.

More specific divisions include Bel-Air, which is the area north of 4th Avenue NW and west of 16th Street NW and includes Bel-Air school and Terracita Vallejo which is actually outside of the city, west of the US 83 bypass but north of US 2/52.

Minot history

Minot came into existence in 1886, when Jim Hill's Great Northern Railroad ended its push through the state for the winter, after having trouble constructing a trestle across Gassman Coulee. A tent town sprung up over night, as if by magic, thus the city came to be known as the Magic City.

The townsite was chosen by the railroad to be placed on the land of then-homesteader Erik Ramstad. Mr. Ramstad was convinced to relinquish his claim, and became one of the city leaders.

The town was named after Henry Davis Minot, a railroad investor and friend of Jim Hill. The city was incorporated on 28 June 1887.

Later, the Soo Line was building a line from Valley City up to Canada. While initially their plan was to cross the Souris River some distance from Minot, local interests convinced them otherwise; landholders along the new route gladly donated the right-of-way. They reached Minot in 1893.

Minot was a typical western boom town in its early years, with its share of vice and lawlessness. During Prohibition the city became known as "Little Chicago", as it was a central hub of Al Capone's liquor smuggling operations. Clandestine tunnels from the bootlegging era still run under the city and surrounding area.

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