Morton County, North Dakota

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Morton County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of 2000, the population was 25,303. Its county seat is Mandan.[1] Morton County and Burleigh County, North Dakota make up the "Bismarck, ND, Metropolitan Statistical Area" or "Bismarck-Mandan". The county was created by the 1872-1873 territorial legislature and named for Oliver Hazard Perry Throck Morton ( 1823-1877 ), governor of Indiana during the Civil War and a United States Senator. It was organized on March 23, 1878, but the action of the 1878 legislature in attaching the eastern portion to Burleigh County effectively nulified this action. The county was reorganized on February 18, 1881, after the detached portion had been returned to Morton County by the 1881 legislature. Lincoln was the county seat from 1878 until 1879 and Mandan became the county seat in 1881.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,945 square miles (5,038 km²), of which, 1,926 square miles (4,989 km²) of it is land and 19 square miles (49 km²) of it (0.98%) is water.

Townships

  • Breien
  • Captain's Landing
  • Fort Rice
  • Huff

Major highways

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