Rhame, North Dakota

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Rhame is a city in Bowman County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 189 at the 2000 census. Rhame was founded in 1908. Rhame was home to Rhame High School until 2006 when it consolidated with nearby Bowman High School to form Bowman County High School which is located in Bowman, North Dakota. Rhame is still home to Rhame Elementary School.



Rhame was founded in 1908 as Petrel, North Dakota, when the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, the "Milwaukee Road," established a station here. The post office was established February 8, 1908, but was changed to Rhame in June 1908, since Petrel was already in use for a railroad station in neighboring Adams County.[3] The city and surrounding Rhame Township were named for Mitchell Davison Rhame (1846 – 1913), who was a district engineer for the railroad.[4]

Rhame incorporated as a village in 1913. It became a city in 1967 after the North Dakota Legislature eliminated incorporation titles for villages and towns. As a result, all incorporated municipalities in North Dakota automatically adopted a city form of government.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 km² (1.5 sq mi), all land. The city's elevation of 3,192 feet (973 m) makes it the highest town in North Dakota.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 189 people, 86 households, and 47 families residing in the city. The population density was 125.9 people per square mile (48.6/km²). There were 117 housing units at an average density of 77.9/sq mi (30.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.41% White, and 1.59% from two or more races.

There were 86 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.2% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.98.

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