Sibley, North Dakota

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Sibley is a city in Barnes County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 46 at the 2000 census. Sibley was founded in 1959.



Sibley is located at 47°12′53″N 97°57′55″W / 47.21472°N 97.96528°W / 47.21472; -97.96528 (47.214858, -97.965218)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.0 square miles (0.1 km²), all of it land.


Sibley was created by Eddie and Edythe Hagglund beginning in 1954, when they observed the popularity of the nearby Lake Ashtabula and decided that a hamburger restaurant would be profitable. Therefore, they purchased some land near the lake and began to erect buildings: a dance hall, the restaurant, and many others. The city was incorporated after a dispute with authorities of Sibley Trail Township: although the Hagglunds wanted a liquor license, the township authorities would not grant one, so the Hagglunds incorporated the city. It was named after Henry Hastings Sibley, a general and the first Governor of Minnesota.

In the 1970s, the Hagglunds sold the majority of the city to others, keeping the core businesses. They retained the business core of the city for many years, even after Eddie's death, but in 2007, Edythe announced the upcoming sale of the remaining parts of the city at auction.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 46 people, 23 households, and 14 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,053.4 people per square mile (444.0/km²). There were 59 housing units at an average density of 1,351.1/sq mi (569.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 23 households out of which 21.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.1% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.57.

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