McClusky, North Dakota

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McClusky is a city in Sheridan County, North Dakota in the United States. It is the county seat of Sheridan County[3]. The population was 415 at the 2000 census. McClusky was founded in 1905.

It is the geographic center of North Dakota.

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History

McClusky was founded mainly by German and Norwegian settlers in 1905. Even with chernozem soil, the low rainfall of 16.5 inches per year makes farming in the area hard. The principal crops are flax and wheat which were greatly aided in 1976 by the completion of the McClusky Canal just west of town which brings valuable irrigation water 74 miles from Lake Audubon (close to the Garrison Dam) to near the source of the Sheyenne River. Tourism today largely revolves around cyclists and pheasant hunters. The major festival is the Midsummer Fest which is held annually during the second weekend of July. The local newspaper, the McClusky Gazette, is published weekly and maintains an office on Main Street. In the fall of 2009, the Lady Coyotes volleyball had their last home game of the season. In the fall of 2010, the Lady Coyotes volleyball will co. op. with the Turtle Lake-Mercer Trojans.

Transportation

The Red River Valley and Western Railroad ran to McClusky and further west until the early 1990s, with formal abandonment of the rail line occurring in 2000. North Dakota Highway 200 which runs through downtown is popular with cross-country cyclists. There is also an airport for small planes, the McClusky Municipal Airport.

Geography

McClusky is located at 47°29′3″N 100°26′32″W / 47.48417°N 100.44222°W / 47.48417; -100.44222 (47.484280, -100.442103)[4].

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