North Dakota has the highest percentage of residents of Norwegian ancestry of any state in the U.S. Today, many towns and cities in the state still celebrate their Norwegian heritage with festivals, parades, and other events.
Kidder County is a county located in the state of North Dakota, United States. It was established in 1873 and named after Jefferson P. Kidder, a prominent politician and surveyor in the area. The county was initially used for agriculture and was an important region for the development of the state.

The early history of Kidder County is characterized by the settlement of European immigrants in the area. Many settlers arrived in the late 19th century attracted by the fertile land for farming. They established small communities, built homes, and developed the agricultural industry, mainly cultivating crops such as wheat, barley, and corn.

In the early 20th century, Kidder County experienced significant growth with the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railway. The railway brought increased accessibility to the area, facilitating transportation of goods and people. As a result, towns like Steele, the county seat, flourished, and new businesses and services emerged.

Throughout the years, Kidder County faced challenges such as economic fluctuations and severe weather conditions. However, the county has managed to adapt and thrive. Today, Kidder County is still predominantly rural, with agriculture as its primary industry. It continues to play a vital role in North Dakota's economy and remains a great place to live and explore the rich history and natural beauty of the region.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Kidder County, North Dakota.

  • 1881: Kidder County is established by the Dakota Territory legislature.
  • 1881-1882: Settlement begins with the arrival of homesteaders, primarily of Norwegian and German descent.
  • 1883: Streeter, the county seat, is founded and the first courthouse is built.
  • 1885: The Northern Pacific Railway reaches Kidder County, aiding in its development.
  • 1886: A devastating prairie fire destroys large portions of the county, causing significant damage.
  • 1909: The construction of the GB&E Railroad provides additional transportation options for the county.
  • 1911: The community of Robinson is incorporated.
  • 1920s: Kidder County experiences an economic boom due to increased agricultural production and improved technology.
  • 1930s: The Great Depression hits the county hard, resulting in widespread financial hardship.
  • 1942: Due to World War II, many young men and women from Kidder County serve in the military.
  • 1950s-1960s: Technological advancements in agriculture bring about significant changes to farming practices.
  • 1970s-present: Kidder County continues to rely heavily on agriculture while also diversifying its economy.