Sheyenne, North Dakota

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Sheyenne is a city in Eddy County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 318 at the 2000 census. Sheyenne was founded in 1883. Located in the city is a U.S. post office, a senior citizen's center, and a fire department. A community center and the Log Cabin Museum are located on Main Street (U.S. Route 281). Businesses in the city include a farm implement dealer, a gas station, a hair salon, a taxidermy shop, and a bar. On the west side of town there is a park with camping facilities and a baseball field. On the east end of town there is a park located on a dam. Sheyenne is also home to two Lutheran churches: Grace Lutheran and First Lutheran.

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History

The name "Sheyenne" is derived from the nearby Sheyenne River which was named after the Cheyenne Indians. The first explorers in the area misspelled the name, thus changing the "C" to an "S". Herds of bison once roamed the prairies near the town of Sheyenne. The Sioux tribe were the final Native American tribe to move towards the area. The first white settlers came via the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. The earliest mention of the settlement came through the Grand Forks, North Dakota based paper, "Normadden". The Norwegian Language paper mentioned the building of the section house in 1885 and the setting up of six tents in order to establish a townsite and a depot. The main track was laid on November 28, 1884. The railroad began operation to Sheyenne on August 6, 1885.

The main townsite of Sheyenne was obtained by Clarence E. Bennett in 1885, but later came under the jurisdiction of J.W. Richter, who dedicated the townsite in 1892. The first crops grown in the area were common vegetables and as much wheat that the land could take. The main source of meat was hunting on the abundant plains, and the other source was in the Sheyenne River. People streamed into the community from all parts of the United States and Europe. Most European settlers came from Scandinavia and Germany. Businesses flourished off railroad workers and farmers.

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