Linton, North Dakota

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Linton is a city in and the county seat of Emmons County, North Dakota, United States.[3] The population was 1,321 at the 2000 census.



Linton is located at 46°16′6″N 100°13′56″W / 46.26833°N 100.23222°W / 46.26833; -100.23222 (46.268360, -100.232110).[4]

Another method of locating Linton is by tracing the intersection of US Highway 83 and ND Highway 13.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land.


In August 1898, land located in Section 7 of Township 132 North, Range 76 West, of the Fifth Principal Meridian, was surveyed and platted into lots, streets and alleys. The site was named Linton, after George W. Lynn, who had settled in Emmons County in 1885. He was a farmer, lawyer, Emmons County's first States Attorney and for a while was the publisher of the Emmons County Free Press [5]. The plat was filed with the register of deeds on December 30, 1898. Linton was incorporated as a village on April 26, 1906; and incorporated as a city on April 6, 1914.

The creation of Linton

The creation of Linton was the result of a political dispute between residents in the northern half of Emmons County and those in the southern half. In 1885, two years after the county was officially organized, the county seat was in the town of Williamsport, which was located in the northern half of the county. The people in the southern half were upset because the county seat was so far away and most of the county leaders were from the north. Moreover, the northern part was more densely settled than the southern part, so this created problems when it came time to vote because the higher population numbers gave "Northerners" greater influence on issues. Eventually, it was decided to take a vote to see if residents favored dividing the county in two. If successful, the northern half would continue to be named Emmons—with Williamsport remaining the county seat—while the southern half would be named Winona with the town of Winona serving as the new county seat of government.

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