Bismarck-Mandan City Information
Bismarck was founded as a railroad town in 1872 and received its current name a year later to entice German investors in the railroad (Otto von Bismarck was Chancellor of Germany at the time).
The town was made the capital of the Dakota Territory in 1883 and continued in the role with the statehood of North Dakota.
Mandan, on the other side of the Missouri River, was founded at a similar time, but only became known by the present name in 1879 (previous names for the settlement were Morton and Lincoln). The name stems from a tribal name Mantahni, the "people of the riverbank".
A bridge was built over the Missouri in 1883, finally and permanently joining the east and west sides of the river.
The Bismarck-Mandan area now boasts nearly 75,000 inhabitants and, as well as acting as the state capital, is also an important transportation hub, medical center and has a flourishing energy industry.
County : Burleigh
Zip codes : 58501-58507
Elevation : 1,674 ft
Nickname : None
County : Morton
Zip codes : 58554
Elevation : 1,667 ft
Nickname : None
Official city site for the town with details of services and administration, latest news, calendar of events, and information for residents, businesses and visitors.
City of Bismarck
Official city site with informaiton about administration, meetings, news and redevelopment schemes.
City of Mandan
The university, located in Bismarck, offers news, events and sections for students, parents and alumni.
University of Mary
Founded in 1939, the community college gives details of campus and online learning programs, with information on accreditation, enrolment and staff.
Bismarck State College
Tribes Technical College
College for American Indian students with information about history, courses, accreditation, student services and jobs.
United Tribes Technical College
Public school system information for the city, with news, maps, jobs, details of schools, downloadable forms and menus.
Bismarck Public Schools
The city's public schools, with news, information on departments, transportation, food services and district calendar.
Mandan Public Schools
The daily newspaper of the state capital with an online edition.
Local NBC affiliate.
Local Fox affiliate.
Local CBS affiliate.
Five Day Forecast from the NOAA
How to get to Bismarck and Mandan, where to stay, and what to do once you
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Bismarck-Mandan Business & Community
Features Bismarck-Mandan's commercial sector with major local companies, the Chamber
of Commerce, real estate, jobs and economic incentives, as well as information about community organizations, voluntary groups and churches.
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