The world's largest buffalo statue is located in Jamestown, North Dakota. The statue stands 26 feet tall and weighs over 60 tons, and is a popular tourist attraction in the state.
Burke County, North Dakota, holds a rich history of exploration, settlement, and development. The region was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara peoples, who relied on the land's resources for their survival. The Lewis and Clark expedition passed through the area in 1804, marking the first recorded contact between European explorers and the indigenous population.

The 19th century saw a wave of settlers drawn to Burke County by its fertile land and abundant natural resources. As the railroad expanded across North Dakota, communities such as Bowbells and Lignite began to take shape. Agriculture played a significant role in the county's early development, with settlers cultivating wheat, oats, and other crops.

The early 20th century brought the discovery of oil in Burke County, which led to a population boom and economic transformation. Oil exploration and production surged, attracting industry and investment to the area. In the 1950s, the creation of the Burke County-Shestokas Field Airport further facilitated economic growth and transportation in the region.

Over time, Burke County has experienced shifts in its economic focus. While agriculture and oil remain significant, the county has also embraced alternative energy sources, including wind power. Today, Burke County is known for its picturesque landscapes, outdoor recreational opportunities, and a strong sense of community. It continues to celebrate its history while adapting to the changing needs and opportunities of the modern era.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Burke County, North Dakota.

  • 1885 - Burke County is established by the Dakota Territory Legislature.
  • 1891 - The Great Northern Railway reaches Columbus, now known as Bowbells, in Burke County, leading to increased settlement and economic growth.
  • 1900 - The county's population reaches over 4,000 people.
  • 1943 - The Burke County oil boom begins with the discovery of oil near Powers Lake.
  • 1975 - Burke County becomes the largest oil-producing county in North Dakota.
  • 1990s - Oil production declines, leading to a decrease in population and economic activity.
  • 2006 - The Burke County Wind Project, a large-scale wind farm, is established, contributing to the county's renewable energy sector.
  • 2010s - Oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing techniques leads to a resurgence in oil production and economic growth in Burke County.