Christine, North Dakota

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Christine is a city in Richland County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 153 at the 2000 census, and estimated to be 174 as of 2009. Christine was founded in 1883. It is part of the Wahpeton, ND–MN Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Christine was founded in 1883 as a Scandanavian settlement along the Milwaukee Railroad in Eagle Township.[5][1] A post office was established in 1884,[6] and the railroad built a depot in 1886.[5] There is some disagreement over how the town received its name, with most of the evidence suggesting it was named after Christina Nilsson, a well-known Swedish opera singer.[5] Others, though, suggest one of the town's early settlers, Knute Norby, wanted it named after him. The townspeople reportedly objected to his proposal, naming the town after his wife, Kristine.[1]

The village was an unincorporated part of Eagle Township for much of its history, until it officially incorporated as a city in 1976.[1][2]


Christine is located in eastern Richland County just off Interstate 29.[4] Its location between the Red and Wild Rice Rivers places it within the Red River Valley. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city covers a relatively small area, just 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all of it land.[7]

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