Steele, North Dakota

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Steele is a city in Kidder County, North Dakota in the United States. It is the county seat of Kidder County.[3] The population was 761 at the 2000 census.

Although they bear the same name, the city of Steele is not in Steele County.



The city was founded in 1880 and became county seat in 1881. It was named for Colonel Wilbur F. Steele.[4]


Steele is located at 46°51′22″N 99°55′00″W / 46.856066°N 99.916606°W / 46.856066; -99.916606Coordinates: 46°51′22″N 99°55′00″W / 46.856066°N 99.916606°W / 46.856066; -99.916606 (46.856066, -99.916606).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land.

On July 6, 1936, the temperature in Steele soared to 121 ℉ (49.4 ℃), the highest temperature ever recorded in the state of North Dakota. This event, during the 1936 North American heat wave, is even more remarkable in light of the fact that since 1948, the temperature has not exceeded 109 ℉ (42.8 ℃). Never before or since has such extreme heat been recorded so far north on the North American continent. A prolonged period of extreme drought across the entire Great Plains contributed to the extreme heat. Record high temperatures for 15 states fell that summer. In the United States, higher temperatures have been recorded in only four states: California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. (Kansas set its own 121 °F record on July 24.)


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 761 people, 336 households, and 191 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,338.5 people per square mile (515.5/km²). There were 367 housing units at an average density of 645.5/sq mi (248.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.61% White, 0.13% African American and 0.26% Native American.

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