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Minto, ND: Residence street, 1910s

Minto, ND: Residence street, 1910s

Minto, North Dakota (Incorporated)
Post Office Established: March 15, 1880 (a GNRR townsite)
Postmaster: John Ogilvie Brown
Township: Harriston Township
Location: Sec. 31-156-52
Elevation: 820 Feet
Village Incorporated: 1883
Became a City: 1903
Peak Population: 701 in 1910
Zip Code: 58261

MINTO: This Great Northern Railroad town site was founded in 1880 in Sec. 31-156-52, Harriston Twp., and named for either Minto, Wellington County, Ontario, or Hamilton, Minto County, Ontario. Both Canadian place names are for Gilbert Elliott, 3rd Baronet of Minto (1722-1777), an early Governor-General of Canada who was a staunch supporter of the British cause in the American Revolution. The post office was established March 15, 1880, with John Ogilvie Brown as postmaster. The elevation is 820 feet, the Zip Code is 58261, and the village, which incorporated in 1883 and became a city in 1903, reached a peak population of 701 in 1910. 2 (1,2,3,18,25,33,40,45,52,75,79).

Minto, ND: Residence street, 1910s

Minto, ND: Public school, main stairway

Minto, ND: Bird’s-eye view, 1920-35

Minto, ND: Opera House, 1900s

Minto, ND: Walsh County Historical Museum, 1990s

Minto, ND: Public school, main stairway

Minto, ND: Public school, main stairway

Minto, ND: Walsh County Historical Museum, 1995-2000
Minto was one of the earliest settlements in Walsh County. The land upon which the village is located was bought from Mr. James Wilson by Messrs. Comstock & White, town site proprietors of Moorhead, Minnesota. In 1881, the year in which the town was laid out, the settlement included a sawmill owned and operated by J. W. Major, who also kept a tavern, as well as a general store kept by Zulsdorf Bros. The St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railway reached the place in the fall of 1881, and there was a great influx people and of business. The winter of 1881 was one of marked activity. The Forest River Bank was organized, and the Forest River Journal was established. Fifteen or twenty general stores were opened, and the forsaken prairie assumed the bustle and activity of a thriving village of some 500 people. In the fall of 1882, the Forest River Bank was chartered as a territorial bank, with P. B. Broughton as vice-president and H. Ammerland, cashier, and paid up capital of $30,000. During the summer of 1882, Pillsbury & Hulburt, of Minneapolis, erected an elevator with a capacity of 40,000. J. H. Townshend & Co., and E. F. Chase also erected elevators. By 1884, Minto had a good school house, two churches, and plans for a Territorial Normal School. The country around Minto was among the most fertile, and earliest settled section of the county, and a large amount of wheat was handled annually.

Minto, ND: Opera House, 1900s

Minto, ND: Opera House, 1900s

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