Walhalla, North Dakota

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Walhalla is a city in Pembina County, North Dakota in the United States. It sits on the banks of the Pembina River, five miles (8 km) from the border with Canada. The population was 1,057 at the 2000 census. Walhalla was founded in 1871.

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Geography

Walhalla is located at 48°55′19″N 97°55′5″W / 48.92194°N 97.91806°W / 48.92194; -97.91806 (48.921996, -97.918014).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.87%) is water.

History

Walhalla is the second oldest town in North Dakota, its history bound up in the fur trade of the Red River Valley. One mile northeast of town is the North West Company fur trading post, established in 1797 by David Thompson, and in 1801 moved to a site 1 mile east of Walhalla, where a reconstructed building is now located.

Also about one mile northeast of Walhalla is the Gingras Trading Post *[1], established in the 1840s by the Métis legislator and businessman Antoine Blanc Gingras. In town is the Kittson Trading Post, established by Norman Kittson, an American Fur Company agent, in 1843. This is the oldest building in North Dakota. It is located in the Walhalla State Historical Park and is preserved by the State Historical Society.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,057 people, 452 households, and 271 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,004.4 people per square mile (388.7/km²). There were 556 housing units at an average density of 528.3/sq mi (204.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.78% White, 5.96% Native American, 0.09% from other races, and 4.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.

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