Reeder, North Dakota

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Reeder is a city in Adams County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 181 at the 2000 census. Reeder was founded in 1907 along the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad and named after E. O. Reeder, the railroad's assistant chief engineer.[3][4] Reeder is a stop along the old Yellowstone Trail, the first transcontinental automobile highway in the Northern United States.

A strain of wheat developed by the North Dakota Agriculture Experiment Station has been named after the town.



In 1907, two brothers, Albert and Chalres Leff, founded and operated a post office, among other enterprises, one and one-half miles east [5] of the present town of Reeder. The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad later platted the current townsite and named it Reeder. The Leff post office was relocated to the new town March 13, 1908, and the name Leff was used until July 1, 1908.[3][4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, Reeder has a total area of 1.6 km² (0.6 sq mi), all of it land. The city is located along U.S. Highway 12 at its junction with North Dakota Highway 22.


As of the 2000 Census,[1] there were 181 people, 100 households, and 53 families residing in the city. The population density was 294.4 people per square mile (114.6/km²). There were 130 housing units at an average density of 211.5/sq mi (82.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.79% White, 1.10% Native American, and 1.10% from two or more races.

There were 100 households out of which 9.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 3.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.0% were non-families. 39.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.81 and the average family size was 2.38.

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