Ashley, North Dakota

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Ashley is a city in and the county seat of McIntosh County, North Dakota, United States.[3] The population was 882 at the 2000 census. Ashley was founded in 1887.



Ashley is located at 46°2′6″N 99°22′25″W / 46.035°N 99.37361°W / 46.035; -99.37361 (46.034894, -99.373714).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.


Ashley was named after Milwaukee Railroad executive Ashley Morrow in 1888. Since then, the community has held on tightly to its rich German-Russian roots for well over 100 years, while leading area communities in technological advances that will ensure their survival in the 21st century.

The city prides itself on preservation of the heritage it was built on and embraces that foundation while possessing an aggressive attitude toward the future.

Pioneering families brought with them a strong work ethic and religious heritage. They built a solid community that prides itself on its friendliness, hospitality, peaceful environment, low crime rate, and a special quality of life. You will find a stable business community that serves as a trade center and county seat for its rural and city families. Along with a quality labor force which strives toward excellence and high productivity, complete medical services, incredible recreational opportunities, and residents committed to the future and economic health of the city.

Local leaders work hard to retain this lifestyle for Ashley’s residents, but possess great vision and determination to see that Ashley enjoys economic growth through support of established businesses, business creation, and focusing on the future with remote data processing/telecommunications and other state-of-the-art technology utilized by companies such as TechLink, Inc.

Economic development and job creation are truly priorities for this progressive city.

During the early 1880s there was a great influx of immigrants from the various countries of western and northern Europe into the prairie states of the middle western United States.

Many of these immigrants were of German descent, but came to the Dakotas from Russia where they lived in colonies and retained their German language and customs. Settlers made their homesteads on the shores of a beautiful lake and named their community Hoskins. Wagon boxes were turned upside down and used for shelter until oxen hauled lumber from far away towns for the roofs of sod houses and barns.

In 1898, the Soo Line Railroad was extended from Kulm, west through Lehr, and finally to Bismarck. With the coming of railroads, new towns sprang up, and markets closer to the farms were opened.

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