Mountrail County, North Dakota

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Mountrail County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of 2000, the population was 6,631. Its county seat is Stanley.[1]



Mountrail County was first established in 1873 by the Dakota Territorial Legislature, but the boundaries were different than they are today, extending from the Missouri River north to the border with Canada.[2][3] It remained a county when North Dakota became a state in 1889, but in 1892 North Dakota Legislature authorized neighboring Ward County to take over all of Mountrail's territory, and the county was eliminated.[2] At the November 3, 1908, general election, a vote was held in Ward County on whether to recreate Mountrail with different boundaries.[2][4] The vote was 4,207 to 4,024 in favor of the new county, but North Dakota's Attorney General sued the Secretary of State over the validity of the vote, and the formation was delayed until the Supreme Court affirmed the vote in January 1909.[2][5]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,941 square miles (5,027 km²), of which, 1,824 square miles (4,724 km²) of it is land and 117 square miles (303 km²) of it (6.04%) is water.

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